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Business, Equipment

Makers Blame Materials Costs, Demand for Rising Tire Prices

Tire manufacturers say that an ongoing shortage of component materials — which is expected to continue through 2012 and beyond — combined with soaring global demand and logistics costs, has driven up costs and led the makers to boost prices for commercial tires.

January 16, 2012
Business, Equipment

Dana Estimates Stronger 2011 Earnings, Sales

Dana Holding Corp. estimated its adjusted 2011 earnings will be higher than the previous year, and that its 2012 sales will be at least 5% over 2011.

January 11, 2012
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Federal Advisory Panel Studying EOBRs Wrestles With Safeguarding Data Privacy

A federal advisory committee studying electronic onboard recorders did not reach a consensus on the best way to transmit hours-of-service data from the truck cab to roadside inspectors, but did offer recommendations on items including safeguarding carrier and driver privacy.

January 9, 2012
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Heil Trailer Bought by Private Equity Firm

Private equity firm American Industrial Partners said it has purchased trailer manufacturer Heil Trailer International from Dover Corp. Terms were not disclosed.

January 5, 2012
Business, Equipment

Yokohama to Raise Truck Tire Prices By Up to 8%

Yokohama Tire Corp. said it will raise prices on its U.S. commercial vehicle tires by up to 8%, effective Feb. 1.

January 4, 2012
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government, Equipment, Autonomous

Letters: Wheel Corrosion, Truck Fatalities, Deregulation Nafta & Driver Safety

I have attended several meetings of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council where participants have stated they simply want to know how many years a component will last.

January 2, 2012
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Trailer Orders Up 29.5% in November, ACT Says

Customers ordered 28,393 new trailers in November, a 29.5% increase from the same month a year earlier and the largest monthly total since March 2006, ACT Research Co. said.

January 2, 2012
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Carrier Logistics Enhances Dock System

Carrier Logistics Inc., a freight management software provider, announced that it added new features to its dock management system.

January 1, 2012
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Senate Panel OKs Freight Program, EOBRs in Funding Package for Federal Agencies

The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill to create a national freight program that its sponsors said would boost America’s global economic competitiveness, improve its mobility and promote energy conservation.

December 19, 2011
Business, Equipment

Size of Class 8 Fleet Shrinks 4.2% in 3Q; Registrations Rise Faster Through Year

The overall size of the U.S. Class 8 fleet continued its downward slide since peaking in 2008, R.L. Polk & Co. said in its latest report, which showed the number of U.S. Class 8 vehicles in operation fell 4.2% in the third quarter.

December 19, 2011