Truck on: Operators will have to adapt to new technologies, hurting profit for smaller companies

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Heavy demand led to rapid production and a remarkable turnaround for the industry
  • The US dollar began appreciating during the period, causing US exports to be less desirable overseas
  • Oil is a key input that affects the operating cost of running a trucking or freight company

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Revenue for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing industry is expected to increase over the five years to 2016. Trucking and freight activity are highly cyclical and sensitive to the general economic climate. Therefore, at the onset of the economic recovery, the level of freight and trucking activity in the United States increased dramatically. In the coming years, operators will have to adapt to new technologies that make truck trailers lighter and more aerodynamic, supporting the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks. This trend may hurt the profitability of smaller companies that lack sizeable economies of scale or sufficient research and development funding...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    There are several types of trailers that are sold in standard form or customized to reflect specialized dimensions, features and options.

    Freight trailers

    Freight trailers, also identified as dry vans or box trailers, can carry any kind of boxed, crated or palletized freight. A freight trailer is the most common type of truck trailer, accounting for more than 78.0% of industry revenue in 2016. As economic conditions improved and demand from truck transportation rebounded, this segment followed suit.

    These trailers measure about eight-feet wide and nine-feet high and from 28- to 53-feet long. They can weigh between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds. Shorter variations of this trailer are generally used for local deliveries or in tandem truck trains.


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    Additional Insights for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry are

  • Use of most efficient work practices
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from truck transportation and World price of crude oil in the Truck Trailer Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry manufacture trailers that are specifically designed for use on heavy-duty trucks. Trailer types vary based on size and purpose, and include dry van, flatbed and refrigerated trailer varieties. This industry does not include light truck trailers or travel trailers.

    Industry Products
    Flatbed trailers
    Refrigerated trailers
    Long Distance Freight trailers
    Short Distance Freight trailers
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing truck trailers

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from truck transportation
  • World price of crude oil
  • Total trade value
  • World price of steel
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Growth trends
  • Trade activity
  • Volatile steel prices
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • External factors
  • Product development
  • Trade flows
  • Table: Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Local Freight Trucking
  • Long-Distance Freight Trucking
  • Tank & Refrigeration Trucking

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminum Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Tire Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Long Distance Freight trailers
  • Short Distance Freight trailers
  • Refrigerated trailers
  • Flatbed trailers
  • Other
  • Chart: Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Freight operators
  • Other
  • Exports
  • Wholesalers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Truck Trailer Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Great Dane Limited PartnershipUtility TrailersWabash National Corporation
  • Table: Great Dane Limited Partnership - financial performance
  • Table: Utility Trailers - financial performance
  • Table: Wabash National Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total Trade Value (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Box Trailer
  • The most common type of trailer. Also known as a dry van or freight trailer.
  • Palletized
  • Shipments placed on a wooden or plastic pallet, secured with bands and wrapped in plastic.
  • Platform Trailer
  • Platform or flatbed trailers transport oversize cargo that typically does not fit into standard freight trailers.
  • Truck Trailer
  • A trailer that is specifically designed for use on heavy-duty trucks.
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