September net trailer orders were 32,111 units, up 80% from September 2013 and up 32% from August.
Trailer orders were larger than the predicted seasonal increase due to the tremendous strength of the current trailer market and the booking of orders into 2015. According to data collected by FTR, orders were particularly strong for dry vans, with other trailer segments showing good activity as well.
“September orders at the larger OEMs reflect their increasing capacity constraints, which are recognized by the larger fleets,” said Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles.
“To firm up their requirements for all of 2015, those fleets have started placing large orders now. The orders are spread throughout 2015, so they should not put much additional stress on production rates.”
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