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Dry Freight Van Trailer Manufacturing in North America

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The most common type of van trailer is the dry freight van trailer. These non-insulated trailers transport cargo that is not temperature-sensitive, such as dry goods, clothes, boxboard, and general merchandise.

This study is a one-time picture of manufacturers, with the key objective of identifying “who is who” in the business, with their estimated production/sales in units and at market values.

The report includes estimates of 2012 production numbers and market shares, an overview of the broad competitive picture—including standings of key identified manufacturers—and the demand outlook for the industry.

STN identified fourteen North American manufacturers of dry freight van trailers in 2012. Production is concentrated in the hands of a few manufacturers, with the top five accounting for close to 90% of total production.

The van trailer industry moves in tandem with the general health of the economy. The industry touched bottom in 2009, but has improved significantly since that time. There has historically been a strong correlation between freight shipment volumes and dry freight van trailer production. However, while freight shipments have grown at a stable 5% since 2010, production of van trailers catering to the freight transportation industry has increased at a disproportionately higher rate, mainly due to replacement demand.

These and other topics are the subject of this report from (“STN”). The report can be put to immediate use for sales and market planning, M&A identification, competitive share analysis, alliances and technology transfer considerations.
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