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Dry van orders surge in April, reefers decline, ACT says

The trialer industry booked 22,017 net orders in April.

The Trucker News Services

5/23/2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Following the recent lackluster performance, fleets returned to the trailer orderboard in April, although the gains were not universal across all trailer categories, according to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT).

The industry booked 22,017 net orders in April.

While that was a 12.3 percent month-over-month increase, the widely ranging performance across the various trailer types was striking. Dry vans supported the total industry with a 41.9 percent month-over-month gain, while reefer vans posted a 33.7 percent month-over-month decline,” said Frank Maly, director-CV Transportation with ACT Research. “The reefer weakness was entirely from weak new orders, as cancellations were insignificant.”

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ACT publishes new and used commercial vehicle (CV) 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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