Class 8 Orders in August Mark Year’s High Point

Class 8 Orders in August Mark Yr’s Excessive Level

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Class 8 orders in August climbed to the very best stage in 2022 as they rebounded well from July’s low level of the yr, however trailed far behind the year-ago stage, ACT Analysis reported, citing truck makers’ preliminary information.

Orders reached 21,600, in contrast with 37,096 within the 2021 interval, based on ACT, which can revise the entire based mostly on truck makers’ remaining tallies.

July’s remaining orders had been 11,025.


“Primarily based on studying the tea leaves [for August], it seems to be like another person opened up the doorways for 2023 orders,” ACT Analysis Vice President Steve Tam stated. He didn’t establish which truck maker that was. Paccar Inc. reported in July it was filling in orders for Q1.

On the finish of July, the newest information, about 24,000 items had been scheduled for supply in Q1 within the complete backlog of about 206,000, based on ACT.

“Clearly there’s quantity stepping into 2023, however we’re additionally taking a look at Q2 and we’ve got [seen] 345 orders for Q2,” Tam stated in early September.

“So no one goes very far out on the limb. There are nonetheless challenges on the market,” he stated. “We nonetheless have new issues which can be arising quick” and limiting manufacturing.

FTR pegged preliminary orders at 21,400.

“This was an excellent signal. 2023 ordering has begun however remains to be very measured. That is all they will do, simply preserve the quantity on this vary,” which mimicked the degrees from December via March, stated Don Ake, vice chairman of business autos at FTR.

Don Ake


FTR forecast the Q1 North American construct shall be 77,000 items, which works out on common to 25,700 a month.

In the meantime, worthwhile trucking corporations are in enterprise to develop; that simply takes fairly a bit longer now.

“You may solely develop on the tempo of getting the brand new vans,” stated Pete Nativo, vice chairman of fleet options at Oakley Transport.

Lake Wales, Fla.-based Oakley is a bulk service that focuses on liquid and food-grade transportation. It operates about 725 vans, all from Volvo Vehicles North America.

“We now have an order for subsequent yr for 150 vans for each development and substitute,” Nativo stated. “They’ve dedicated to 10 a month and to start out constructing them in January. But when they will get us some this yr, they’ll. We’re holding off on promoting our vans till new vans are delivered to verify we’ve got sufficient gear to satisfy our new drivers’ wants.”

Peter Nativo


Oakley ordered 50 vans firstly of the yr and had obtained solely 33 by August.

“Ten extra had been presupposed to be constructed for us by the tip of August,” he stated on the final day of that month. “Then there can be seven left they owe us. They’re presupposed to be constructing these within the first or second week in September. In fact, we had been presupposed to get every part by March.”

Everybody within the trade want to have new gear arrive quicker and in higher numbers, he added.

“However I feel it’s grow to be, perhaps, slightly bit simpler to just accept as a result of everyone is seeing the identical factor,” Nativo stated.

However it’s not nearly getting vans. It’s lighting switches, drywall and doorways for transforming terminals, he stated.

Oil merchandise have been troublesome to return by, too. Nativo is having to supply these from whomever he can as his longtime provider can not present all he wants when he wants it.

“I’ve simply been attempting to verify I’ve acquired some sort of secondary backup,” he stated. “It’s been a loopy yr for everyone.”

One other service is beginning to obtain vans from an order it positioned a lot earlier, they usually arrived with the right specs it wished.


“We’re lastly receiving the primary 17 vans of our 50-truck order because the PO was signed in December 2019,” stated Garrett Bowers, CEO of Bowers Trucking & Logistics Inc. “Since that point, we fortunately solely incurred an 8% metal surcharge added to the worth of the vans from the day we signed for them.”

The Ponca Metropolis, Okla.-based service — which notes it’s the solely contract service in Oklahoma licensed to haul for the Division of Protection — bought Mack Anthems and is slated to obtain a minimum of 33 items this yr from Bruckner Truck Group of Tulsa, with the stability to comply with in Q1, Bowers stated.


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“Our drivers are blissful, seeing as how we needed to age our earlier fleet from our routine 400-ish thousand-mile intervals to past 600,000,” Bowers stated.

He has a gentle pipeline of drivers set to start out in September, with a minimum of three each week in orientation — largely firm drivers who will pull a variety of van, refrigerated or flatbed freight, incomes a median of 70 cents per mile and $87,000 in annual common pay.

Bowers Trucking ranks No. 29 on the Transport Matters checklist of the highest flatbed/heavy specialised carriers in North America

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