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Trailer net orders up sharply in September

Trailer net orders up sharply in September

Commercial trailer net orders in September more than doubled their very weak September 2009 volume, according to ACT Research Company (ACT).

September’s order activity represented the continuation of a healthy rebound from what was the worst year for commercial trailer demand in nearly five decades in 2009. Dry van trailers, the largest segment of commercial trailers, saw orders jump 182% year-over-year in September.

In the latest release of State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers, ACT noted that net orders of 13,301 in September were nearly 19% above August levels.

“Net orders in September were at their highest volume since May; however, when seasonally adjusted, September’s order activity represented the best volume in the past 32 months,” said Kenny Vieth, partner and president of ACT Research. “Strong reefer van orders and improved flatbed trailer orders were key drivers of demand in September.”

ACT specializes in researching and publishing data on new and used commercial vehicles, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market and China. For more information, visit

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