Truck cap sales volume slips 0.7% in 2002

Sales of truck caps last year were virtually unchanged from their 2001 level, according to research compiled by Truck Cap & Accessory Alliance (TCAA) and the SEMA Research and Information Center (RIC).

The industry sold 285,434 truck caps last year, compared with 287,479 that were sold in 2001. Sales in 2002 were down 0.7% from the previous year.

Fiberglass caps continued to dominate the market, accounting for nearly 90% of all caps produced in 2002. Manufacturers produced 255,740 fiberglass caps last year and 29,694 made of aluminum.

Sales appeared to stabilize in 2002. In 1999, manufacturers sold 367,183 truck caps. Demand fell to 316,803 (-14%) in 2000 and to 287,479 in 2001.

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