September trailer order volume sets new record: ACT Research

US market research company, ACT Research, has reported its preliminary estimate for September 2018 net trailer orders is 58,200 units.

“Fleets reached a never-before-seen trailer order level in September,” said ACT Research Director – CV Transportation Analysis & Research, Frank Maly.

“OEMs booked over 58K trailers last month, shattering the previous record level of just over 47K orders which was set in October of 2014.

“That was more than 50 per cent better than August orders and 135 per cent better than this point last year,” he said Frank Maly.

Seasonally adjusted, September volume was just under 64,000, generating a SAAR of almost 760,000 units.

Year-to-date, fleets have ordered over 295,000 trailers, more than 50 per cent better than last year. While dry vans continue to post solid unit and percentage gains, both sequentially and year-over-year, preliminary results indicate that flatbeds posted the best month-over-month percentage improvement in September.

“Order strength was widespread, with nine of the ten trailer categories in the black on a year-over-year basis; grain trailers, the sole outlier, missing a positive result by less than a percentage point,” said Maly. “Year-to-date performance was nearly identical to the year-over-year results, an indication both consistent and longer-term industry-wide strength.”

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