The performance differences between the van segment and all other trailer categories in the North American market was striking in February. According to ACT research, net orders for van trailers were off 32 per cent month over month while all other trailer segments posted a gain of 31 per cent.
“Backlogs have risen to the highest level during this recovery cycle and the strongest orderboard since August 2006,” says Frank Maly, Director-CV Transportation with ACT Research. “We expect to see a gradual growth path in production during the next 6 months,” he added. According to Maly, the trailer industry is entering its third year of the recovery cycle.