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January 22, 2016 - Industry News

2015 A Banner Year for Trailer Shipments

Last year was the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history, edging out the previous record set in 1999.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Return to Normal at Year's End

Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

November Trailer Orders See Solid Gains

Large-fleet orders for dry vans have boosted business for trailer makers.

Dry vans led net order gains for the month and year, and the trailer industry is headed for "one of its best years in history," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders, Dry Van

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Strick Trailers Recalls Dry Vans Over Rear Impact Guards

Notice affects some model-year 1998 -2005 vans whose bumpers might not prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer in a crash.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Dry Vans, NHTSA

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Amazon Buys Trailers to Improve Shipping Capacity

Photo: Amazon

Amazon has purchased thousands of trailers to keep up with shipping demand. They'll be pulled by "third party" trucking companies.

Tags: Trailers, E-commerce, Amazon.com, Shipping Service

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, NHTSA, Underride Guard, Regulations

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Still Solid Despite Ups and Downs

There were more than 33,000 net trailer orders in October, down 7% from the previous month and down 30% vs. the same month a year ago.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Exceed Expectations Again in October

Refrigerated trailer orders were "spectacular" in October, says FTR. File photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.

While trailer orders in October were down month over month and year over year, they still beat expectations thanks to "spectacular" refrigerated van orders, according to industry research and analysis firm FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Orders See Early Fall Surge

Net trailer orders in September rose nearly 47% over the previous month, hitting almost 36,000 units, according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 17, 2015 - Product News

SmartTruck Introduces LeadEdge Trailer Fairing to Manage the ‘Gap’

Aerodynamic provider SmartTruck announced its new LeadEdge Top Fairing, designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, ATA MC&E

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Drives Trailer Order Increase

Trailer orders saw a significant increase in August due to a surge in the dry van market, according to the latest report from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Flatbed, Trailer Orders

August 28, 2015 - Product News

Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking

Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Regenerative Braking

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

July Trailer Orders Generally Strong, Outlook Good, FTR Reports

Refrigerated van orders exceeded expectations again.

UPDATED -- A month-over-month decline was particularly impacted by a drop in dry van orders following some large fleet orders placed in June, but were 13% better than July 2014.

Tags: Trailers, FTR Associates, Trailer Orders

July 31, 2015 - Product News

Trail King Expands Agriculture Product Offering

Trail King has released its complete line of agricultural product offerings with additional products from its recent acquisition of Dakota Trailer Manufacturing.

Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Agricultural Fleets

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash Profit Increases, Meritor up on Adjusted Basis

Wabash's second quarter earnings showed a big leap in profitability from a year ago. Meritor results were hampered by a strong dollar and weak overseas markets but were up on an adjusted basis.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, Earnings, Wabash National, Meritor

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van and Reefer Orders on the Rise

Trailer orders increased significantly in June to 26,700 units with better than expected numbers in the dry van and refrigerated van markets.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Thermo King Offers Low-Emissions Reefers

The new units use R-452A, but TK will continue to offer and support its current line of transport refrigeration products with R-404A until customers are ready to transition.

Tags: Thermo King, GHG, Reefers, Trailers

July 6, 2015 - Industry News

Anderson Trucking Service Adds Dual Lane Trailer

Photo courtesy ATS.

Anderson Trucking Service says its new Dual Lane Trailer, designed for loads ranging from 200,000 to 360,000 pounds, will help it expand in the energy business.

Tags: Trailers, ATS, Heavy Haul, Oversize Loads, Trail King

July 6, 2015 - Industry News

Great Dane Announces Supplier Summit & Innovation Challenge

Great Dane has announced plans for the company’s first Supplier Summit & Innovation Challenge taking place Sept. 28 to 30, 2015 in Savannah, Ga.

Tags: Trailers, Events, Great Dane, Suppliers

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Environmental Regulations

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Advanced Camera System to Super Duty Trucks

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding a new split-view camera system that helps drivers see around corners to its next generation of Super Duty trucks and will add rear-view cameras standard equipment on its 2018 light-duty vehicles, Ford has announced.

Tags: Trailers, Ford, Rear-View Cameras, 2018-MY, Ford Super Duty, Camera System

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Doonan Announces Hire of Marketing and Sales Manager

Photo via LinkedIn

Doonan Specialized Trailer announced that Michael Hinton has joined the company as the manager of marketing and inside sales.

Tags: Trailers, People, Marketing, Doonan

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Down 14 Percent

May trailer orders continued a downward slide with 15,200 units moved in the month, decreasing 14% from April and down 29% year overyear, according to this month’s FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

April Trailer Orders Down Big From Year Ago Levels

Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

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