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Trailer market remains red hot

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- The trailer market shows no signs of cooling off, with net orders surging 21% from February levels in March, according to the most recent State of the Industry: US Trailers report published by ACT Research.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — The trailer market shows no signs of cooling off, with net orders surging 21% from February levels in March, according to the most recent State of the Industry: US Trailers report published by ACT Research.

Shipments were up 33% in March, with shipments for the first quarter up 109% compared to Q1 2010.

All trailer segments tracked by ACT were up over last year, but the dry van segment continues to lead the charge, with shipments up 198% year-to-date.

“Net orders have now grown for 18 consecutive months, as well as 19 of the past 20. Total trailer net orders are now 98% above the level at this time last year,” said Frank Maly, director CV transportation analysis and research with ACT Research. “Shipments, up 109% year-to-date, are growing at an even stronger pace. Additionally, backlogs continue to grow. The stage is set for solid industry performance for the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012.”


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