According to US company ACT Research, the US trailer market has finished 2013 on a strong note. The robust 43 per cent month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by a three per cent month-over-month improvement in November.
Albeit less vigorous, ACT's November data does indicate growing business confidence in North America's contested transport equipment market. “On a year-over-year basis, total net orders of 25,670 units were up 17 per cent,” said Frank Maly, Director – CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. “Cancellations continued to be low, and that appears to be the result of firm commitments by fleets.”
According to Maly, strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.