ACT: Trailer Orders Fall From June’s “Unsustainable” Numbers

In its most recent State of the Industry report on U.S. trailers, ACT Research said that net orders in July equaled 20,300 units, marking a 27% decline from what the publisher called an “unsustainable” 27,900-unit pace in June.

However, the numbers recorded in July still marked a 7% rise on a year-over-year basis.

“While total net orders were off 27% month-over-month, the majority of that decline was dry van related, a response to the unusually strong dry van volume in June,” said Frank Maly, director of CV transportation analysis and research at ACT. “Dry vans and flatbeds drove most of the slight jump in cancellations that occurred in July, with the flatbed shift reported to be the response to dealers bringing their inventories more in line with current demand.”

Maly also noted that some pressure in vocational trailers is likely over the next few months, as the full impact of the recent energy price declines is yet to be seen.

“Lower prices will continue to dampen exploration, as well as the accompanying equipment investment,” said Maly. “Our view that 2015 will be the best trailer market since the late 1990s remains unchanged.”

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