Demand for new trailers picking up

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Demand for new trailers in 2012 for participants in this year’s CK Commercial Vehicle Research Fleet Trailer Study indicates a solid increase over 2011 – with 37 percent of respondents expecting to purchase more in 2012 than 2011, with only 7 percent expecting to purchase fewer trailers next year. According to the study, much of the demand for this group is being driven by aging trailer fleets, with substantial numbers being purchased to add capacity as well.

The study reports on new demand and how decisions are made for new trailers, components and added technology. The survey queried decision makers from 50 small, medium and large for-hire, private and government fleets operating in excess of 129,000 trailers.

Questions in this year’s survey covered expected trailer purchases for the remainder of 2011 and full-year 2012, preferred trailer brands and component spec’ing profiles, decision-making factors, plans for new technology, views on current deficiencies in trailer design, most influential sources of information and effectiveness of advertising. An overview of the study and how to order a copy can be found at www.ckcvr.com.