Business, Equipment, Top 100

Class 8 Orders in May Begin New Cycle’s Slow Upturn

Volvo A plant worker welds a truck part at a Volvo plant. (Justin Ide/Bloomberg News)

North American Class 8 orders in May fell below 7,000, ACT Research reported, an uptick from April’s historic low as industry analysts said progress will be slow as long as COVID-19 remains a major concern.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

2019: Freight Market Slowdown, Tariffs Diminished Trucking Industry's Performance

Trade, Business Freightliner trucks for sale. (Freightliner)

If 2018 was one big party for the trucking and freight business, 2019 was the day after the party.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

ACT Forecasts Imminent Slowdown in Class 8, Trailer Production

Industry research firm forecasts a slowdown in trailer sales. Trailers in the finishing area at Utility's Clearfield, Utah, plant. (Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.)

For those still wondering about the state of the commercial vehicle market in the United States, ACT Research during a webinar Sept. 11 delivered a forecast that conditions continue to deteriorate and that pullback in build rates for heavy-duty trucks and trailers is “imminent.”

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2019
Business, Equipment

August Class 8 Orders Extend the Slump

Class 8 orders fell in August. The Kriete Truck Center in Madison, Wis. (Kriete Group)

North American Class 8 orders in August continued to mimic fleets’ wait-and-see attitude as orders again fell below replacement level and plunged 79% from the all-time record set a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 5, 2019
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Orders in April Slow Down Again

Kenworth Kenworth trucks on a lot. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

North American Class 8 orders in April fell below 20,000 units for the fourth consecutive month, FTR reported.

May 3, 2019
Business, Equipment

December Class 8 Orders Drop as 2018 Annual Volume Sets Record

Orders An employee installs a window in the cabin door of a truck at Volvo's Dublin, Va., plant. (Justin Ide/Bloomberg News)

North American Class 8 orders for December were 21,300, falling sharply from a year earlier but about at replacement level as production slots remain scarce and full-year orders set an all-time record.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 4, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Mack’s Second-Quarter Orders Surge 58%

Mack truck hood ornament Steve Byrne/Flickr

For the second consecutive quarter, Mack Trucks delivered fewer trucks than a year ago but received a surge in orders, as a result of an active construction segment and slowly improving freight environment in North America.

Jon Harris | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
July 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Continue to Climb, Approach 18,000 in May

Trailer orders pushed toward 18,000 in May, rising 24% and exceeding expectations, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 14, 2017
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Trailer Orders Rise 19% in April to 20,200; Positive Trend Continues for 7th Month

Utility Trailer

U.S. trailer orders in April rose 19% in what analysts said was an extended growth cycle that shows no signs of reversing.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 22, 2017

Factory Orders Rise for Fourth Straight Month

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

New orders for U.S.-made goods increased for a fourth straight month in March and orders for capital equipment were stronger than previously reported, pointing to a sustained recovery in the manufacturing sector.

Lucia Mutikani | Reuters
May 4, 2017