A comprehensive report on the manufacture of bodies for utility, service and crane truck applications is now available from SpecialtyVehicles.net, a market research consulting and business publications firm in Modesto, California.

The study examines the industry from the standpoint of fabricators that fill the essential task of matching specific truck bodies to purchased chassis to provide customers with a dedicated vocational vehicle for utility, service and crane truck applications. Around 55 manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada, are analyzed with sales and production volumes, employee numbers, and a breakdown of the markets by geographic regions. Major companies are profiled in detail to include descriptions of their business and key operating features.

A detailed industry summary provides an overall picture on the size of the industry in units and dollars, and breakdown of company market shares by each of the three truck/body products discussed.

The report is the result of an extensive effort in which SVN interviewed manufacturing executives, searched the Internet, and scrutinized numerous public domain documents.

Some of the findings contained in the report are:

* Annual production for all three truck/body categories examined at the time the research was conducted, was estimated at 83,609 units.

* While the industry comprises of numerous players and is highly fragmented, the top five manufacturers of bodies for these applications account for 35.6% of total industry dollar sales, estimated at $630 million.

* Service bodies are produced more than any other product.

* There has been considerable growth in all of the three truck/body categories as utility companies are replacing their old equipment.

The 364-page report is available as a complete study of the industry titled "Utility, Service & Crane Truck/Body Manufacturing Industry in North America," or by individual sections for each of the three body segments, as well as separate sections for company profiles and a separate contact directory/database of all the companies in the industry. Further information is available at SVN's website www.specialtyvehicles.net or call 209-576-8021.