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Class 8 orders remain strong in January

FTR has released preliminary data showing January 2015 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 35,060 units. While orders cooled from the torrid pace of Q4 2014, FTR said that this is the strongest activity for January since 2006, improving 2% year-over-year. According to the research firm, orders fell back into more traditional patterns

December heavy-duty trailer orders at near record level

FTR reported that December U.S. trailer net orders were recorded at 45,500—the second highest month ever recorded. Trailer orders for 2014 totaled over 360,000, by far the best order year ever, according to the research firm. The company noted that dry van orders set an all-time record, as OEMs aggressively sought orders to book into

North American Class 8 orders again top 40,000 in December

FTR released preliminary data showing December 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 43,620, the third consecutive month above the 40,000 level. According to the research firm, December’s order strength, unlike the previous two months, was broad based among OEMs, with almost all manufacturers showing healthy increases from the previous month indicating an

FTR hosts State of Freight webinar

On Thursday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. EDT, FTR macro-economy expert and senior consultant Bill Witte will review developments in the economy and discuss the economic outlook in 2015 during a complimentary State of Freight webinar. The 30-minute webinar, moderated by Eric Starks, president of FTR, will examine the major sectors of the economy and

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index remains in positive territory

At a reading of 8.53, FTR‘s Trucking Conditions Index fell only slightly from September’s level reflecting still strong fundamentals for trucking firms.  According to FTR, underlying capacity utilization is retreating from the dangerous 99% level reached earlier in 2014, and the market is expected to remain tight. FTR forecasts capacity to ease very modestly in 2015

What the suspension of the 34-hour restart means to capacity utilization

According to FTR reports, it now looks like opponents of the FMCSA’s restart regulations have succeeded in attaching a provision to the current Federal funding bill that will suspend the recently changed 34-hour restart regulations pending a study of its effects. At issue is the requirement to have nighttime sleeping periods during the mandated rest

Persistent capacity shortages affect shippers conditions

FTR reported that its Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for September was -6.6, basically unchanged from the previous month. The index reflects continued capacity shortages that degrade service and push rates higher, said FTR. With sustained capacity tightness and fleets now announcing pay increases, FTR expects that the cost to ship goods will remain elevated. FTR

Trailer orders hit record high

For the month of October, FTR reported U.S. net trailer orders at 46,267, an all-time record high, beating the previous record by 9%. According to the research firm, trailer orders have now totaled 327,000 the past 12 months. FTR suggested that expected tight production capacity at trailer OEMs in 2015 encouraged early order activity. “While

FTR reports strong market trends

In its latest issue of FTR‘s Trucking Update, FTR reported that its September Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for September was 9.07—a positive reading that reflects strong underlying market trends. According to FTR, the TCI has moved up in the last couple of months, due to increased rate gains, and will remain in very positive but

FTR reports strong September for Class 8 orders

FTR has released preliminary data showing September 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,477 units—the best September since 2005 and 27% above a year ago, said FTR. September marks the 20th consecutive month to show year-over-year improvement. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through September annualize to 310,000 units. September

Trailer orders remain strong in august

FTR, the Bloomington, Ind.-based leader in freight transportation forecasting, is reporting solid August net trailer orders at 23,135 units, a 27% increase from July and 45% above a year ago. According to data collected by FTR, orders were particularly strong in the refrigerated van, dry tank and dump trailer segments. FTR reports that much of

Trailer sales remain strong
August Class 8 orders remain strong

FTR has released preliminary data showing August 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,947 units, a year-over-year increase of 29%. FTR notes that Class 8 orders have now had 19 consecutive months with year-over-year increases. August orders, while helped somewhat by summer dealer incentive programs, were the strongest for the month since