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What is the outlook for commercial trailers over the next couple of years?  FTR addressed that question February 16 with its FTR Virtual Conference, a daylong audio and video event featuring presentations by FTR analysts and outside sources. 

Here is a summary of the presentations targeting trailers, Class 8 trucks, and medium-duty vehicles.  Click the headlines below for details:

Consensus: Trailer shipments to remain strong

No one expects record trailer production every year, but the consensus of industry representative believes that the industry will remain strong for the next couple of years.

Following a record year, trailers are expected to…

Trailers in an uncertain economy

Trailer manufacturing continues to experience strong fundamentals, even after a blockbuster year in 2015.  Don Ake, FTR vice-president, listed…


New regulations for trailers

The Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds in applying Phase 2 of it greenhouse gas regulations to trailers, said Jeff Bennett, vice-president of engineering and product development for Utility Trailer Manufacturing.


Medium trucks: flat at a good level

Medium-Duty truck sales growth has been stable for a while now, according to FTR.  Will it remain that way?


Class 8 demand: Where do we go from here?

The market for Class 8 trucks is expected to be 260,000 units in 2016, down moderately from the 320,000 that were sold last year. FTR expects sales will…



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