COLUMBUS, Ind. — Commercial trailer factory shipments reached 8,296 in December, the highest monthly total for 2009. However, full year shipments were off 44 percent year-over-year and fell to the lowest level since 1975, according to commercial truck and trailer market analyst ACT Research Co.
In the latest release of State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers, ACT indicated that almost every category of trailer factory shipments posted the lowest levels in 30 to 50 years, with only the reefer van sector holding up relatively well.
December net orders for commercial trailers were up 140 percent from depressed levels in December 2008, but slightly below the 2009 monthly average, ACT reported.
“Reaching a 35-year low required not only the worst economic downturn in generations, but also the impact of trailer tracking technology on trailer productivity and utilization,” said Kenny Vieth, partner and senior analyst with ACT Research. “On a more positive note, inventories reached a new four-year low, a prerequisite for improvement in production rates.”
ACT publishes commercial vehicle industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market.
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