Bruce Sauer

Trailer/Body Builders

Bruce Sauer has been writing about the truck trailer, truck body and truck equipment industries since joining Trailer/Body Builders as an associate editor in 1974. During his career at Trailer/Body Builders, he has served as the magazine's managing editor and executive editor before being named editor of the magazine in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Applying technology to build trailers
Technology was the emphasis in this year’s CTEA trailer forum. The session featured several speakers who provided updates on some of the most useful digital tools that are being used today.
Getting hitched: more than a coupling
There’s a special relationship between truck manufacturers and the commercial truck body and trailer industries. Mutually beneficial. Not always loving. In the past, relationship between truck manufacturers and our industry, attention has focused on two areas
Provincial and federal regulators present updates at CTEA town hall
Regulators at the provincial and federal levels reported on truck-related regulations at the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association’s annual Manufacturers Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Aerodynamic options: what works
Report on the multi-year project (2012-2015) using high-fidelity scale-model testing in a large wind tunnel. It evaluated vehicle performance at various wind speeds and wind directions, the results
Canadian Transportation Equipment Association presents news from both sides of the border at annual Manufacturers Conference in Vancouver
Face time with government officials, analysis of trailer aerodynamics, and a forum on trailer manufacturing were among the topics addressed at the 53rd annual Canadian Transportation Equipment Association.
Logistic companies, fleets reporting significant reduction in accidents with collision mitigation, RSC, ESC
Chuck Brodie's, presentation, “Commercial Vehicle Safety Systems: The Future is Now,” with survey reports by national logistics company with over 500 locations and over 29,000 employees
Holland’s New plant builds low-volume work trucks with high-volume processes
What if you build one product per month and a different type of product once a year, and demand for these myriad products began to grow? That was the dilemma facing Holland LP until a couple of years ago.
Photos: Holland's new facility
When it comes to designing a new plant, most companies don’t start from scratch. Holland Equipment wanted to make sure they got this opportunity right the first time.
Utility Trailer looks for a strong year in 2017

Utility Trailer Manufacturing’s Craig Bennett said his company had a strong 2016 and expects another one in 2017.

Addressing a meeting of trucking industry trade press editors January 25, Bennett said he is “fairly optimistic about 2017.  It will be down a little, but not too bad.” 

This past year was Utility’s second-best in its 103-year history, down only slightly from 2015.  But production numbers are only part of the story.

Photos: Fabtech 2016 highlights
Product highlights of FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.
Photos: Vanguard National in Trenton GA
Vanguard National dealers and suppliers tour the new 360,000 sq-ft dry-frieght van plan in Trenton GA during its grand opening.
How to build tomorrow’s products
How will truck body and trailer manufacturing change in the coming years? We address that three ways
FABTECH 2016 demonstrates the latest products for manufacturers and fabricators
FABTECH 2016 demonstrates latest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. Here are some of the products visitors saw this year:
Vanguard National seeks geographic leverage with new dry van plant
Now in its second decade of building van trailers in Monon, Indiana, the company decided that the trailer market in the United States is far too big to be served from one trailer manufacturing plant.
Enhanced PACCAR MX engines from Peterbilt
Peterbilt trucks powered by a 2017 PACCAR MX engine will provide customers new horsepower and torque ratings, higher performance, and lower cost of ownership, according to Peterbilt Motors Company.

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