ACT Research: Total U.S. Trailer Net Orders Rose 39% Y/Y in March

While its preliminary estimate was 29,500, ACT Research is now reporting that the trailer industry closed March a bit stronger, with a little more than 30,000 net orders.

“Although off 11% versus a very strong February, volume was up 39% [year-over-year],” said Frank Maly, director–CV transportation analysis and research at ACT Research. “Strong freight demand and tight capacity continue to encourage fleets to invest in equipment, and the positive impact of freight rates on their bottom lines provide them the means to commit. And don’t forget, the recent tax cuts contribute to this equation.

“March was the 16th straight month with year-over-year order gains and eight of 10 trailer categories posted year-over-year improvements with most in the plus 40% range. On a quarterly basis, Q1 net orders were up 28% versus the same quarter last year.

“Regarding build in March, month-over-month softness may well indicate that OEMs were not able to increase production as much as they might have liked, amid comments heard about tight component supplies. In the coming months, ACT will be closely watching components related to undercarriage, suspensions, axles and tires.”

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