FTR reported Thursday preliminary North American Class 8 orders for June at 41,800 units, making it the highest June ever recorded, 140 percent above a year ago. FTR says North American Class 8 orders have now exceeded 40,000 units in four of the six months in 2018.
With orders continuing to come in at such a high rate, FTR says OEM production cannot keep up with demand due to component shortfalls. The backlogs are being moved out further, which is pushing fleets to get orders in sooner rather than later so they can find a build slot.
North American Class 8 orders for the past twelve months have now totaled 411,000 units, FTR says.
“There is an enormous demand for trucks due to burgeoning freight growth and extremely tight industry capacity,” says Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles.“However, supply is severely constrained because OEM suppliers cannot provide the needed parts and components required to build more trucks fast enough. This bottleneck is causing fleets to get more orders in the backlog in hopes of getting more trucks as soon as they are available.”
He adds: “Fleets are desperate for more equipment, but trucks are in short supply due to the supplier constraints. This is creating a surge in orders as fleets react to this unusual situation. If OEMs were producing at capacity, the truck build this year could have been as high as 360,000 units. Orders for the last twelve months have now reached 411,000, so there are some excess orders in the backlog.”