January trailer orders pull back to ‘more normal’ levels

by Today's Trucking

Trailer orders began 2023 down 9% year over, at 24,200 units, according to preliminary January data from ACT Research.

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“We expected net orders to slow in January, after the explosion of orders in 2022’s final quarter. Despite the anticipated sequential decline, preliminary net orders were only 9% lower compared to the same month last year,” said Jennifer McNealy, director of commercial vehicle market research and publications at ACT Research. “This month’s data are simply a return to more normal levels, following the year-end surge.”

Demand for new trailers remains strong, ACT reports.

 Nearly as soon as a build slot is available, there is a fleet ready to fill it with an order, McNealy said. “Demand remains strong, and with the backlog-to-build ratio near the 10-month mark, on average, fleets needing trailers continue to stay the course.”

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