ACT Research: CV Build Strong in 2018, Economic Risks in Sight

Posted on 16. Jan, 2019 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

The desire to get Class 8 trucks built and out the door for 2018 taxation benefits drove a build plan beat in December, according to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report.

Kenny at Seminar 56“Heavy-duty build rose 4,500 units above the plan in December, and we assume the surge was largely overtime based,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s President and Senior Analyst. He added, “Indicative of current market strength, cancellations, which had been elevated, dropped to a five-month low.” The report also noted that macro-economic indicators are flashing yellow, with concerns ranging from tariffs and trade wars to a global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices, as well as a flat yield curve, quantitative tightening, and sharply lower equity valuations.

Regarding the medium duty markets, Vieth commented, “An in-line build rate allowed the medium duty backlog to end the year at a 12-plus year high, with benign cancellations. Unlike the heavy-duty segment, however, medium duty inventories remain elevated.”

 

CLICK HERE for information about ACT’s State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report.

 

Sam & Audience at Seminar 59ACT’s 60th seminar is scheduled for March 25-27, 2019, and will feature a trucker/fleet panel, as well as discussions on near-term demand of commercial vehicles and the impacts of emerging technologies on change in the North American commercial vehicle industry.

CLICK HERE for information about the seminar.