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FTR Reports Final Trailer Orders Dip in May to 13,300 Units

06.17.16 | FTR



FTR reports Final U.S. Trailer net orders for May met expectations, at 13,300 units.  Order activity was down 16% m/m and down 15% y/y, registering the weakest order month since August 2010.  Orders have totaled 286,000 units for the last 12 months and backlogs are now down 9% y/y.

Dry van orders dipped 20% m/m, but that was expected to happen based on strong backlogs. Refrigerated van orders held fairly steady versus last month.  Flatbed, tanker, and dump trailer orders were comparable to April’s totals, which also was expected.  Production did increase 3% over April.


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Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles, commented, “The trailer market is operating normally at this point in the yearly cycle and should continue on this path for the next several months.  There is a concern because inventories have increased for five straight months and are getting somewhat elevated.  We are probably at or approaching the top of this production upcycle.

“Dry Van and Reefer production should remain steady due the high backlogs, but the market is starting to show some tiredness after a very impressive run.  The flatbed and tanker segments are displaying some stability, so hopefully they have stopped their decline.”

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