COLUMBUS, Ind. – September net U.S. trailer orders of 26,086 units were 47% higher compared to last August, but 8% below the year-ago September level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report.
“Discussions across the past month continue to indicate more OEMs opening 2023 build slots (some opening initial slots, others expanding into later in the year),” said Jennifer McNealy, director–commercial vehicle market research & publications at ACT Research, said. “OEMs’ fleet negotiations are now quickly moving to booked business.”
McNealy said September is a quarter-ending month, and keeping with historical patterns, the clearing of red-tag units buttressed strong build and factory shipment data this month.
“While manufacturers continue to wrestle with rolling supply-chain disruptions, as well as challenges on the labor front, tangible improvements are being made, as illustrated in the build data,” McNealy said. “September orders were mixed, with some categories virtually unchanged from August, others down double digits, and a few up triple digits. The explanation: 2022 backlogs are filled and build slot availability in 2023 varies widely by OEM, limiting customers’ ability to place orders.”
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