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ACT outlook predicts Class 8 production to continue growth trend into 2019

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine Outlook published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, Class 8 production is expected to continue its growth trend into 2019, but changes in demand for straight trucks and tractors will impact the type of diesel engines ordered.

“Tractors represented 73 percent of total Class 8 production in 2018, but are forecast to fall to 68 percent by 2021, with straight trucks expected to grow to 32 percent,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “Simultaneously, the trend to smaller displacement engines in Class 8 will continue through the forecast period, with 12-14L engines exceeding the 14L category for the first time in 2019.” Regarding Classes 5-7, Rhein said, “The V8/10 engine configuration is predominant in the Class 5 segment, where gasoline penetration is increasing. In Classes 6-7 trucks, 6-cylinder diesel engines remain the predominant engine configuration.”

“Diesel power is under attack long-term for use in on-highway commercial vehicles. Alternative power is being developed, tested, and refined, while diesel engines are also undergoing transition to become more fuel efficient and clean.” said Ken Vieth, general manager of ACT Research. “Emission regulations are one of the main drivers of alternative fuel adoption, which is why the Engine Outlook includes a section on the commercial vehicle regulatory environment. It is vital for industry participants to stay up-to-date on developments like the recent EPA update to the NOx emission standards for heavy-duty engines and funding awarded under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).”

The latest NA On-Highway Engine Outlook published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates highlights this alt fuel activity for CV GVWs 5-8, including five-year forecasts of engines volumes and product trends. The Engine Outlook ties to the detailed North American commercial vehicle forecasts published monthly by ACT.

For more information, visit www.actresearach.net.

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ES releases agenda for Success in Trucking Expo

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FedEx Custom Critical, Forward Air and Panther Premium Logistics, a service of ArcBest, are the exclusive motor carriers at the June 7-8 event to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex. Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. (Courtesy: ES)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — ES, which offers capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, has released programming details for the company’s inaugural Success In Trucking Expo (SITE), which will take place June 7-8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex.

The two-day agenda for the SITE has been designed specifically for professional drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners who have a desire to explore ownership opportunities or grow current operations, according to ES CEO Paul Williams.

Ellen Voie, the President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association, is among an list of industry experts who have committed to participate in the SITE for 2019. Voie will be a part of an industry panel discussion that will bring together trucking experts, contract professional drivers, truck owners and fleet owners who are part of the ES Community. Among those joining Voie on the panel will be Brian McCoy, president of Stoops Freightliner, and Leah Shaver, the chief operating officer of the National Transportation Institute. The panel also will feature Chris Moran, Freightliner district sales manager, from Daimler Trucks of North America and Colton Lawrence, CEO of EQUINOX Owner-Operator Solutions.

Anthony Muñoz, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an entrepreneur with a long record of success for making a positive impact within Cincinnati and the surrounding communities, will highlight the opening session for the SITE, serving as the keynote speaker on the evening of June 7. The panel discussions and the presentations by the carriers participating in the SITE will take place the following day.

The ES Community motor carriers participating in the SITE will be FedEx Custom Critical, Forward Air and Panther Premium Logistics, a service of ArcBest. These three companies will be the exclusive motor carriers at the SITE, and each company will have a representative who will be making a presentation during the expo. Mike Abood, FedEx Custom Critical’s managing director of fleet operations, Nick Burch, Panther’s director of owner-operator recruiting, and Ryan Gilliam, Forward Air’s vice president of recruiting, have been chosen by their respective carriers as speakers for the 2019 SITE.

The attendees also will hear a presentation from Paul Williams and ES President Jason Williams, which will take place prior to the event’s final ride-and-drive session, which will be hosted by 2019 SITE Title Sponsor Stoops Freightliner.

“Over the past several months, we have been working very diligently to develop an event and programming for the Success In Trucking Expo that will be meaningful and have a positive impact for professional drivers interested in ownership as well as current owner-operators and fleet owners who are looking to grow their businesses,” said Jason Williams. “With the group of experts who will be coming to our SITE stage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex, we are confident that everyone joining us for the inaugural edition of the SITE will take away the kind of knowledge and perspective that they will find helpful as they move forward in their trucking careers.”

In addition to participating in the industry panel discussion, Voie will be hosting the June 8 edition of her Women In Trucking Radio Show live and on location from the SITE. The WIT Radio Show is broadcast live every Saturday on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio channel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time.

One of the unique features about the SITE is that ES is offering free hotel accommodations and free meals for pre-qualified expo registrants. A limited number of those slots are currently available for the event, and attendees receiving them will be chosen from the registration submissions ES receives. To learn more about registration for the SITE and the programming planned for the event, visit SuccessInTruckingExpo.com.

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Fleets, truck operators can bid online for Kenworth sale to benefit TAT

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KIRKLAND, Wash. — After a successful 2017 “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 auction, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) anticipates even greater results when its second Everyday Heroes truck is auctioned at Ritchie Bros in Phoenix on Friday.

Proceeds from the sale go directly to TAT, a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.

“Human trafficking is a terrible crime that affects millions in the United States each year, and the trucking industry can – and is – making a difference,” said Don Blake, new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth – Phoenix and TAT board member. Blake is the driving force behind the Kenworth T680 auction. “The winning bidder for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 will help fund Truckers Against Trafficking and increase awareness of human trafficking and TAT’s mission to end it. We look forward to a successful auction,” he said.

“Fundraising events, such as the Everyday Heroes auction, truly brings the trucking industry together to achieve a common goal,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The contributions Don Blake has made to make this auction happen is truly admirable. Because of Don, we are able to join forces with others in the trucking industry to fight against human trafficking through the auction of this special Kenworth T680. The money raised from this event will help Truckers Against Trafficking continue to bring justice to those being trafficked.”

The special Kenworth T680 is fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine, and PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission.

“Many of the companies that helped make our 2017 Everyday Heroes truck possible stepped up to the plate again through monetary and equipment donations for this year’s truck,” Blake said. “This fundraising event for Truckers Against Trafficking wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors’ support.”

In 2017, Mike Jimenez, owner of Phoenix-based J&L Transportation submitted the winning bid for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 that was auctioned. The bid resulted in an $83,000 donation to TAT, the largest single donation to the organization.

“We were able to generate a significant donation through the auctioning of our last Everyday Heroes truck, and our hope is that we can surpass that mark this year,” Blake said. “Truckers Against Trafficking is an incredible organization, and we as a trucking industry can make a difference in bringing the crime of human trafficking to an end.”

Interested parties can bid on the truck online, by proxy or in person. Bidders can register in advance at (www.rbauction.com/heavy-equipment-auctions/phoenix-az-2019184). Interested parties also can obtain online buying information  (www.rbauction.com/buying/how-to-buy/online), or call Ritchie Bros. at (602) 269-5631 for assistance. For those able to attend the auction, Ritchie Bros. is located at 5410 W. Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix.

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ACT: Preliminary used Class 8 volumes fell M/M, Y/Y and YTD in April

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April 2019 used Class 8 truck sales yielded a 13% decline compared to April 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 16%. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 5% month-over-month in April, following an uptick in March, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.

Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 13% decline compared to April 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 16%.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included year-over-year comparisons for April 2019, which showed that average prices rose 14%, while average miles and age were relatively flat.

“Recent conversations with market contact suggest dealers are very aware that conditions are changing. Auction and wholesale volumes, as well as pricing, are softening,” said Steve Tam, v vice president at ACT Research. “Some used truck buyers and sellers are paying close attention, but others may be only casually aware of any looming concern. Most truckers have yet to make the leap, as signified by retail markets that are outperforming their dealer counterparts.”

ACT’s Classes 3-8 Used Truck Report provides data on the average selling price, miles and age based on a sample of industry data. In addition, the report provides the average selling price for top-selling Class 8 models for each of the major truck OEMs — Freightliner (Daimler); Kenworth and Peterbilt (Paccar); International (Navistar); and Volvo and Mack (Volvo).

ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies. More information can be found at www.actresearch.net.

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