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October trailer net orders up 70% from 2019: ACT final tally

Nov. 20, 2020
The surge was driven by the highest dry van net order month in industry history, with large fleets securing build slots

October net US trailer orders of 54,691 units posted another sequential improvement, up nearly 7% from September’s rise and 70% above October 2019’s level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 57k units were up 9% versus September and 52% better year-over-year, 

“September net orders were the third best in industry history, a short-term rank quickly displaced by October’s volume of almost 54,700 net orders,” said Frank Maly, director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research. "The majority of the total uptick was driven by the highest dry van net order month in industry history, and the majority of the surge in dry van orders was driven by large fleets.”

Maly continued, “Demand appears to cross a wide spectrum of customers, including for-hire and private fleets, likely buttressed by the growth in e-commerce and some dealer stocking commitments for next year.” He concluded, “This is leading to timely production slots rapidly being filled, which generates a demand ‘feedback’ loop, as other fleets, seeing availability lengthen, are also jumping into the market.”

ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report provides a monthly review of the current US trailer market statistics, as well as trailer OEM build plans and market indicators divided by all major trailer types, including backlogs, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and factory shipments. It is accompanied by a database that gives historical information from 1996 to the present, as well as a ready-to-use graph packet, to allow organizations in the trailer production supply chain, and those following the investment value of trailers and trailer OEMs and suppliers, to better understand the market.