June 2019 trailer orders slide in the US

US-based market research company, ACT Research, has estimated 6,200 units for net trailer orders in June 2019.

Final volume will be available later this month, according to ACT Research. This preliminary market estimate should be within +/- three per cent of the final order tally.

“Several aspects of June trailer orders were disappointing,” said ACT Research Director of CV Transportation Analysis and Research, Frank Maly.

“Total new orders continued to slide, coming in below 12,000 units,” he said.

“However, that weakness was exacerbated by sustained strong cancellations. Once those are taken into account, preliminary net orders came in at 6,200 trailers, the lowest monthly volume since September of 2009. Seasonal adjustment provided little support, with volume edging just over 7,000 units after adjustment.

“Despite indications earlier this year that fleets were anxious to place orders for 2020, discussions now indicate that fleets may have shifted to an extremely conservative stance. Softer freight volumes combined with lower rates could well be generating a reassessment of 2020 investment plans. Furthermore, cancellations continue to be strong, and that churn in the backlog is likely impacting this year’s fourth quarter. That’s an indication that this year may well close on a very weak note, setting a troublesome foundation for 2020.”

Despite the very disappointing order report, production continued at a brisk pace last month, according to ACT Research. Preliminary results indicate June will likely rank as the sixth best production month in history, with all of those top six occurring since last August. Backlogs commit the industry into mid-December at current build rates.

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