Trailerbodybuilders 1123 Mid Am2009 Promo

New trailers for changing markets

May 1, 2009
Manufacturers design trailers for new regulations, additional customers

Regulations have always been major considerations when designing trailers, and recessions always seem to lead established trailer manufacturers to venture into new market segments.

A walk around this year's Mid-America Trucking Show revealed examples of both — new models that comply with new regulations and trailers that take their manufacturers into markets where they have never been before.

That includes the Chinese, as CIMC displayed its prototype refrigerated trailer that the company plans to begin assembling in the United States beginning in October.

MATS 2009 showcased 935 exhibiting companies representing 46 states and 10 foreign countries spread across a stage of more than 1 million square feet of exhibits and events. The event attracted 70,299 trucking professionals, hailing from all 50 states and 51 foreign countries.

The 2010 show will be held March 25-27, 2010 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

View the gallery and the related articles below to see complete coverage of the 2009 annual show.

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Paul Schenck | Senior Editor