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February 6, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Trailer Market to Increase 2.2%, Says FTR

FTR's forecast for the 2014 U.S. Trailer is 240,000 units, a 2.2% increase over 2013. FTR expects dry vans to show a 2% year-over-year increase while reefer vans will remain flat. Flatbeds, dumps and low beds are all expected to show greater increases as construction and manufacturing improve.

Tags: Trailers, FTR

February 4, 2014 - Industry News

New Rail Service to Challenge Truck Reefer Services

One logistics provider, with the help of a railroad, is gearing up to take what may arguably their best shot at trucking’s dominance when it comes to hauling refrigerated freight.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Intermodal, Reefers, Railroads, Trailers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Polar Service Centers Names Gary Murphy Director of Business Development

Gary Murphy

Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, People, Polar, Tankers, Polar Service Centers, Polar Corp.

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Great Dane Opens New Dealership in Montreal

Great Dane is pleased to announce the addition of Great Dane of Montreal to its Canadian distribution network.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket, Great Dane, Expansion

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Order Activity Solid over Past Few Months

The robust 43% month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by November’s less vigorous 3% month-over-month improvement. Strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.

Tags: Trailers, ACT

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Robust, Up 43% M/M

The fall order season for trailers kicked off with an impressive 43% month-over-month net order gain. Total net orders were 24,900 units. The year-over-year comparison was less robust, but still a solid 6% increase. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Study Shows Some Positive Signs for 2014

As fleets continue to adapt to recent changes in hours of service regulations and face increasing challenges in finding drivers and technicians, nevertheless a new survey indicates they will be buying more trucks in 2014.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

September Trailer Orders Above 240k Rate Seasonally Adjusted

September was the second straight month where trailer industry net orders were above the 240k rate on a seasonally adjusted basis. Despite that strength, industry backlogs continue to be thin.

Tags: ACT Research, Trailers

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

SmartTruck said a recent third-party computational fluid dynamics study conducted by CD-adapco showed SmartTruck’s UT6 trailer aerodynamics system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into highway fuel savings of approximately 7%

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

Tags: SmartTruck, PIT, Aerodynamics, MPG, Fuel Economy, Trailers, ATA 2013

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Waltco Loses Engineering VP, Makes Sourcing Appointments

Liftgate maker Waltco announced the resignation of Bill Kreutinger, vice president of engineering, who has taken a position with another company in the industry.

Tags: Trailers, Idle Reduction, Waltco Lift Corp.

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Fuel Consumption of New Trucks Can Be Reduced by More

Truck, engine and trailer makers already are investigating some of these fuel-saving technologies through the SuperTruck program.

Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.

Tags: MPG, Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, Aerodynamics

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

September 23, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Better, But Backlog Still Thin

Every trailer category posted month-over-month order gains in August, according to the most recent update on industry performance reported in the State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT, Trailer orders

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

SAE Fuel Economy Tests Reveal Aero Device Performance

Tests show trailers with side skirts consumed almost 7% less fuel than trailer without skirts

User-paid and impartial SAE Type II tests reveal the trailer side skirts tested are more effective at reducing fuel consumption than undercarriage aerodynamic devices.

Tags: PIT, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Fuel Savings, PIT Undertray

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Below Expectations in July

Even with the appropriate seasonal perspective, trailer order volume was below expectations in July. July net orders of 12,739 units were down 17% month-over-month.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

August 6, 2013 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names David Miedl as Director of Aftermarket Parts Sales, Service

East Manufacturing has appointed David Miedl as Director of Aftermarket Parts Sales & Service. Miedl replaces Ted Hutchison who is retiring from the position after 25 years of service to East Manufacturing.

Tags: Leadership, East Manufacturing, Trailers, Aftermarket

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pana-Pacific and Skybitz to Partner

Skybitz and Pana-Pacific announced a partnership agreement that allows Pana-Pacific to market and resell SkyBitz trailer tracking and management products to the transportation and logistics markets.

Tags: Information Technology, SkyBitz, Pana-Pacific, Trailers

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Net Orders Up 7% in June

Nearly 15,400 net trailer orders were received in June, up 7% from May. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Roehl to Equip 500 New Wabash Trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails

Roehl Transport will expand its investment in fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamics technology by installing 500 TrailerTails on all new trailers purchased from Wabash National in 2013.

Tags: Trailers, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, Roehl Transport, TrailerTails

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Issues Electric & Hybrid Reefer Regulatory Guidance

California’s Air Resources Board has released a four-page document explaining the requirements for using electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for complying with the state’s transportation refrigeration unit, or reefer, regulations.

Tags: CARB, California, Reefers, Transportation Refrigeration Unit, Trailers

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Gather for 30th TCA Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting

The Truckload Carriers Association’s Refrigerated Division is hosting its annual meeting this week on issues related to the operation of temperature-controlled trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Events, Reefers, TCA, Truckload, Refrigeration units

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Orders Soft in May Against Strong April

New trailer orders of 15,660 trailers fell 30% month over month but the result was mostly due a comparison to a very strong April.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

North Dakota Trucking Operation Cited by OSHA Following Worker Death

Plains Trucking, Ross, N.D.. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety violations after a worker was fatally injured March 27 while cleaning the inside of a crude oil tanker that exploded at the company's facility in Ross.

Tags: OSHA, Trailers, Safety, Fleets

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Issues Reefer Compliance Reminder

The California Air Resources Board has issued an advisory recommending transport refrigeration unit (reefer) owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2006 engines, or units manufactured in 2006, comply with in-use performance standards by the end of this year.

Tags: CARB, California, Reefers, Trailers

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Vantage Trailers Makes Meritor Components Standard Equipment

Vantage Lone Star end dump trailer.

Vantage Trailers has selected Meritor trailer components as standard equipment on all Vantage products, including suspensions, tire pressure inflation, wheel-end components and more.

Tags: Trailers, Meritor

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