North America Class 8 Order Surge Lifts Industry Backlogs, Positive Movement on Inventory

Posted on 19. Dec, 2017 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

November’s strong Class 8 orders reported earlier this month boosted backlogs by 10,100 units to 115,200 units. Rising orders in recent months have generated more work for the industry: “Coupled with a modestly slower per-day build rate in November, the Class 8 backlog rose an additional 11 days, to 102 days,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s President and Senior Analyst. He continued, “On a monthly basis, the backlog is 4.9 months, up 110bps since September.”

There was also positive movement on the inventory front as November marked the first time since January when inventories contracted.  “This is the time of year when fewer production days and tax-related year-end buying help alleviate the inventory building that has occurred through the year,” noted Vieth. He continued, “That process started in November, with Class 8 inventory falling nearly 600 units. Slightly lower inventories and a slightly higher sales rate did little to reduce the inventory/retail sales ratio, which fell by 1 day, to 2.5 months/53 days.”

ACT is the leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, and worldwide banking and investment companies.