Facilitated by the additional build days, ACT Research reports total trailer production was up 12 percent sequentially in May, and was 2 percent better than last year.
“The majority of the May increase resulted from two more days in the schedule, although an increase in daily build rates also contributed,” says Frank Maly, director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. “Gains in dry vans and reefers led the way last month.”
ACT says trailer volumes were up 11 percent sequentially in May, with over 24,000 trailers shipped.
“May shipments were nearly equivalent year-over-year, with volume off less than 1 percent,” he says. “Seasonally adjusted volume was 25,132, which was also up 11 percent month-over-month from the corresponding April measure.”