Supply will be the determining factor of this year’s heavy-duty vehicle market, not demand, which remains hot, according to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest.
“All the indicators we use to track the heavy-duty truck market point to extraordinarily strong demand conditions,” says ACT President and Senior Analyst Kenny Vieth. “So much so that sales volumes this year will be determined on the supply side, by the ability of the manufacturers to keep up with customer demand for product.”
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Vieth adds, “Barring an adverse surprise on COVID or some other front, a possibility that can’t be dismissed, even at this early stage of the year, significant growth from last year is assured.”
Regarding COVD’s year-long and to-date impact on the trucking industry, Vieth says, “The mad scramble for capacity by fleets and even vocational operators is multi-dimensional — for trucks, for drivers, even for fuel — and has its origin in the COVID shock of 2020. But, ironically, the robust V-shaped recovery in goods spurred by the pandemic was the trigger for the capacity crunch. Certain aspects of this business cycle recovery have been unique, with significant impacts on transportation and heavy-duty truck demand. The singular nature of COVID means this cycle does not fit neatly into historical patterns.”
The report, which combines proprietary ACT data and analysis from a wide variety of sources, paints a comprehensive picture of trends impacting transportation and commercial vehicle markets. This monthly report is designed as a quick look at transportation insights for use by fleet and trucking executives, reviewing top-level considerations such as for-hire indices, freight, heavy and medium duty segments, the US trailer market, used truck sales information, and an overview of the U.S. macro economy.