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Trailer orders strong in January, ACT reports

Availability of component supplies will support slow growth in trailer build in 2012, ACT says.

The Trucker News Services

2/27/2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. — January trailer net orders eased from December to 26,000 units, but they were the strongest orders for the first month of the year since 2006, according to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

“The trailer industry is now entering its third year of the recovery cycle,” said Frank Maly, director-CV transportation with ACT Research. “Rising backlogs and low levels of cancellation activity add to the strength of demand for trailers. Availability of component supplies will support slow growth in build in 2012, but quantum leaps in production do not appear to be in the cards at this time.”

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ACT publishes new and used commercial vehicle industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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