Trailer backlog exceeds 100,000 units

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Trailer backlogs surpassed the 100,000 unit mark in April, according to the most recent State of the Industry: US Trailers report published by ACT Research.

April ended with a backlog of 101,244 units, although net orders for the month were 30% down from the previous month.

The industry backlog, ACT reported, is 141% above levels at this time last year while the build rate was nearly double that of April 2010.

“The 30% decline in April net orders follows extremely strong industry performance in March. Additionally, the industry’s normal order pattern actually calls for a strong first quarter followed by a mid-year lull”, said Frank Maly, director CV transportation analysis and research with ACT Research. “April net orders were the start of that seasonally anticipated lull.”

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