ACT Research: US Trailer Orders End 2022 at Near-Record Levels

December net US trailer orders of 57,300 units were nearly 46% higher compared to November and 115% above December 2021, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report.

December 2022 Net Trailer Orders 57,300 Units

ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report provides a monthly review of the current US trailer market statistics, as well as trailer OEM build plans and market indicators divided by all major trailer types, including backlogs, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and factory shipments. It is accompanied by a database that gives historical information from 1996 to the present, as well as a ready-to-use graph packet, to allow organizations in the trailer production supply chain, and those following the investment value of trailers, trailer OEMs, and suppliers to better understand the market.

“Discussions in the last 30 days continue to indicate 2023 is not yet fully open, despite OEMs expanding availability. Supply-chain concerns still linger, with some manufacturers sharing that the situation for some parts has actually deteriorated and they see no short-term improvement in sight,” said Jennifer McNealy, Director–CV Market Research & Publications at ACT Research. “Regarding demand, most trailer makers continue to see demand exceeding capacity through the end of 2023; although, some have mentioned an erosion in confidence, but are also quick to note that this hasn’t appeared in the form of cancellations.”

Total Trailers Backlog & Backlog/Build Ratio

She added, “At 57,300 net orders, December 2022 was the second highest month since we started keeping track in 1996. From this standpoint, 2022 went out like a lion.”

McNealy concluded, “The year closed with 361,500 net orders placed, exceeding the previous year’s 249,400 level. Approximately 306k trailers were built in 2022, and our projections point to a continuation of that upward trend into 2023.”

Commercial Vehicles State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers

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More information about ACT’s State of the Industry: Classes 5–8 report.

Information about ACT Research’s other publications and services.

December’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers Preliminary press release.

December’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers press release.

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