Business, Equipment

August Trailer Orders Trumpet Better Days, Rise 150%

Great Dane trailer A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. In 2021, Great Dane said it will focus on its new smart trailer telematics system, FleetPulse, which it unveiled in 2019. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in August topped 27,000 as they rose 150% year-over-year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances

Schneider truck Schneider

Imagine that a half-loaded trailer sitting in a yard for five days could tell you that its right front outside tire had low air pressure. For a trailer equipped with telematics technology capable of powering itself untethered to a tractor, such a scenario is not only possible, but doable.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 31, 2020
Business, Equipment

July Trailer Orders Keep Rising From COVID Bottom

Wabash trailers Trailers on an assembly line at a Wabash manufacturing plant. (Wabash National Corp.)

U.S. trailer orders climbed again in July, reaching 19,300, the most this year, FTR reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2020
Business, Equipment

Wabash Records Net Loss, Sharply Lower Revenue in Q2

Wabash workers Workers at a Wabash manufacturing plant. (Wabash National Corp.)

Wabash National Corp. reported a second-quarter net loss and a drop in revenue amid COVID-19’s harsh effect on the trucking industry.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 29, 2020
Business, Equipment

June Trailer Orders Hit 13,441

Trailers A trailer door moves through the production process at a Utility Trailer plant. (Utility Trailer)

U.S. trailer orders in June improved by more than 100% from a year earlier as they pushed past 13,000 to reach the second-highest level for the year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 23, 2020
Business, Equipment

Fontaine Offers Lowbed Trailer With 60-Ton Capability

Fontaine Heavy-Haul unveiled Fontaine Magnitude 60LCC, a lowbed trailer intended for customers operating in regions where spread-axle configurations are not required to maximize their trailer loads.

July 20, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Trailer Makers Anticipate Rebound After Fleets Recover From Pandemic

Hyundai Translead manufacturing plant A Hyundai Translead manufacturing plant. Before the pandemic, the trailer manufacturer already was expecting the overall market to be down from last year. (Hyundai)

The trailer industry was forced to make further production cuts and alter manufacturing processes as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology

PowerFleet Outfits Trailers for Rusken Packaging

PowerFleet Inc. was selected by Rusken Packaging to outfit the private fleet’s trailers with the PowerFleet LV-500 solar-tracking solution and the PowerFleet LV-710 freight camera.

June 22, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

May Trailer Orders Fall to Second-Worst Level Ever

Trailers A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in May sank to the second-lowest level of all time as they struggled to clear 3,000 in another month of strong cancellations, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2020
Business, Equipment

Strick Trailers Upgrades Lining System

Strick Trailers Workers prepare a new trailer to receive a roof at Strick's Trailers' plant in Monroe, Ind. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

Strick Trailers will enhance its VT100 plywood panel vans with vertically installed DymondPly lining composite panels made by Ridge Corp.

June 5, 2020