Paul Schenck

Paul
Schenck
Senior Editor,
Trailer/Body Builders
Articles
2016 Trailer Production Figures Table
This is part of the North American Trailer Output Report published each year in the February issue of Trailer/Body Builders.
Top-25 Trailer Output Build Off 5.2%
Though not in the record books, 2016 trailer production rolled along impressively. Trailer output decelerated only slightly from 2015’s record pace, plus
2015 Trailer Production Figures Table
This is part of the North American Trailer Output Report published each year in the February issue.
Top-25 Trailer Builders Reach Previous Record of 340,000 Trailers and Chassis
The biggest challenge in 2015 was the precipitous drop in petroleum prices, which affected most the builders of tank trailers, pneumatic dry bulk trailers, lowboys and heavy haulers. However
Top 25 Trailer Manufacturers Increase Output 20% 1
THE 25 largest truck-trailer manufacturers in North America (plus three runners-up) produced 291,506 complete trailers in calendar year 2014.
Total industry shipments remain steady for 29 largest trailer builders

 

The truck trailer manufacturing industry has entered a new era unknown in recent years—a period of stability. For years, the trailer industry has experienced wild swings in demand. Up a few years and down the next. Recently the peaks and valleys have experienced a five-year cycle or some other number depending on trailer type.

Trailer industry increases its efforts to reduce aerodynamic drag on trailers
Aerodynamic drag is in the crosshairs of industry engineers. And they are aiming just about everywhere from the front of the tractor to the rear of the
Mid-America Trucking Show Coverage: Customizing Lowbeds for Severe Duty
Catom Trucking hauls heavy. The company has been hauling heavy loads in the Chicago area for 35 years and needs trailers to operate that can more than
Mid-America Trucking Show coverage: Newest trailer designs exhibited at MATS
MAC Liquid Tank Trailers of Kent, Ohio, is a new company under the umbrella of MAC Trailer of Alliance, Ohio. It introduced a brand new petroleum trailer
Trailer output up 9.4% in 2012
The top 25 truck trailer manufacturers (plus four) produced 234,870 trailers in the year 2012. That was a 9.4% increase over 2011, but still far short of the number produced in the boom year of 2006. The Top 25 built 282,750 trailers in that pre-recession peak year, or 47,880 trailers more than in 2012. The six largest manufacturers built three-fourths of the production by the Top 25.
Mid-America Trucking Show draws innovation and a crowd
One of the trailer industry's largest manufacturers introduced a new line of dry-freight vans, reefers, and platforms. One of the industry's smaller manufacturers
Leading builders boost trailer manufacturers output 78% to almost 216,000 trailers in 2011
The 25 largest truck trailer manufacturers (plus four) increased output 78% to turn out 215,815 trailers in calendar year 2011. Last year's production is almost equal to the 218,422 trailers that the top 25 built in 2007. But as strong as production was in 2011, it was still some 67,000 trailers below the boom year of 2006 during which the top 25 manufacturers produced 282,750 trailers. The trailer industry is still 24% below its pre-recession peak
Mid-America Trucking Show Coverage: Dump trailers, reefers highlight new Mid-America Trucking Show products
Trailer manufacturers positioned themselves to take advantage of increased demand for trailers, introducing a variety of new products and making enhancements
Trailer manufacturers post 65% gain
The 25 leading truck trailer manufacturers increased production dramatically in 2010, boosting output an average of 65% above the recession year of 2009. However, for most, it still wasn’t as productive as 2008, and well below 2007 and 2006 levels. The results of Trailer/Body Builders annual survey of the largest trailer manufacturers in North America show that the top 25 builders (plus three) shipped 121,128 complete truck trailers in 2010. These same manufacturers shipped 78,525 trailers in 2009, representing a 65% increase for 2010. As in 2009, the best performing trailer types were those serving food-related industries, such as refrigerated trailers and ag trailers. The poorest performance was trailers serving construction-related industries, such as platforms and dump trailers
Trailer manufacturers post 65% gain
THE 25 leading truck trailer manufacturers increased production dramatically in 2010, boosting output an average of 65% above the recession year of 2009.

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