Fleets ordering trailers for next year to get ahead of capacity constraints

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR has released its latest trailer stats, sowing “exceptional strength” in September with net trailer orders of 32,111 units.

That marked a 32% increase from August and a 80% improvement year-over-year. Trailer orders for September were larger than the predicted seasonal increase due to the continued strength for this year and the booking of orders into 2015, FTR reported.

Orders were particularly strong for dry vans.

“September orders at the larger OEMs reflect their increasing capacity constraints, which are recognized by the larger fleets,” said Don Ake, vice-president of commercial vehicles, FTR. “To firm up their requirements for all of 2015, those fleets have started placing large orders now. The orders are spread throughout 2015, so they should not put much additional stress on production rates.”

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