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Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Dealers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 3715 & 5012  |  NAICS 336212 & 423110

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Truck Trailer Manufacturing  (view report)
Truck Body & Trailer Manufacturing  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
Tracks Magazine

Bimonthly magazine features news and information for light- and medium-duty trailer manufacturers, with topics covered in various issues of this publication including industry news and trends, technical reports, association news and updates, company and product profiles, and legislative and regulatory issues and activities. Current and archived digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.

Penton Media
Resources available from this organization include:

Trailer/Body Builders Magazine
Monthly trade publication features news and information for truck body and trailer manufacturers and dealers, with special features including the "North American Trailer Output Report" (February) which provides unit production data for the most recent year by manufacturer for the top 25 manufacturers and the "5-Year Forecast" (June) which forecasts industry-wide total production for the next 5 years.

North American Trailer Output Report
Annual report provides total unit production data for the most recent year by manufacturer for the top 25 North American manufacturers, and also includes production data for specific types of units (e.g., dry freight van, refrigerated van, flatbed, tank, dump, platform, curtainside, container chassis, refuse transfer, and dry bulk) for selected manufacturers. Current and prior reports are available free online.

Brady Media Group, LLC
NATDA Magazine

Bimonthly magazine features news and information for light and medium duty trailer dealers that sell utility, boat, camping, travel, and other special purpose trailers, with topics covered in various issues including industry news and developments, sales and marketing ideas, parts and service operations, new products and services, and dealer news and profiles. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

FTR Transportation Intelligence
North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook

Subscription-based market research service with online database access provides in-depth analysis of current business conditions and the forecast production outlook for the commercial trailer industry, with product segments covered including dry van, refrigerated (reefer) van, flatbed, liquid tanker, dry bulk tank, dump, lowbed, and specialty units used for hauling grain, livestock, logs, and automobiles.

ACT Research
State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers

Monthly research publication provides detailed statistics by type of unit (dry van, reefer van, platform, heavy lowbed, medium lowbed, dump, liquid tank, dry bulk tank, grain, and others) for backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellation rate, net orders, and factory shipments for the current month and quarter and on a year-to-date basis with comparison to the prior year for trending analysis purposes.

Comprehensive reports provide in-depth coverage of the semi-trailer manufacturing industry in North America, with products lines covered in individual reports including automobile transport/car carriers, dry freight van, dump, hopper bottom grain, logging/chip van, lowbed/heavy-haul/oilfield, moving van, platform/curtainside, insulated/refrigerated van, and pneumatic dry bulk/bulk feed/liquid/vacuum tank.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors  Search for "336212" and "423110" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors  Search for "336212" and "423110" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

National Trailer Dealers Association
Dealer Financial Performance Survey

Annual NTDA financial survey allows dealers to compare their operation with the operations of other independent semi-trailer dealers in terms of product mix, gross margins, productivity measures, and operating expenses, with financial data provided in the survey including income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios categorized by annual sales, region, and profitability (typical v. high).

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Truck Trailer Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as manufacturing engineer, production manager, production supervisor, CAD drafter, assembler, and welder, with employers for which this data is provided including Stoughton Trailers, LLC, Great Dane Limited Partnership, Trail King Industries, Inc., Polar Corporation, and Wabash National Corporation.

National Trailer Dealers Association
Dealer Compensation Survey

Annual NTDA dealer survey provides compensation information including base/straight-time salaries, overtime/bonuses/incentives, and total compensation for salaried and hourly personnel employed by independent semi-trailer dealers, with management personnel covered by the survey including CEO, CFO, general manager, sales manager, parts manager, service/repair manager, and office manager.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet MergerStat for private company sales transaction data by SIC Code or NAICS Code using the following codes:
–  SIC Codes 3715 and 5012 - Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors
–  NAICS Codes 336212 and 423110 - Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors
Establishments included in these codes
Truck trailer manufacturers - establishments that design, engineer, and produce trailers for sale or distribution and may specialize in the production of specific types of trailers. They typically sell their products to distributors, dealerships, and leasing companies, who then sell or lease these products to their customers. They may also offer after-sales support such as maintenance and repair services, warranty coverage, and technical support.
Truck trailer distributors - establishments that distribute new trailers to other dealerships, rental companies, commercial businesses, and fleet operators. They typically operate at a regional or national level and are responsible for sourcing, marketing, and delivering their products to their customers. Some distributors also offer used equipment for sale and may have partnerships with leasing companies to provide additional options to their customers.
Truck trailer dealers - establishments that sell new and used trailers, such as flatbeds, dry vans, lowboys, reefers, tankers, and other specialized trailers. They typically offer trailers from multiple manufacturers and provide financing and leasing options to their customers,  which can include commercial businesses, owner-operators, and individuals. They may also provide repair and maintenance services for trailers and sell parts and accessories.
Used truck trailer dealers - establishments that specialize in the sale of pre-owned trailers. They may offer trailers from various manufacturers and provide financing options to their customers. Used trailer dealers may also provide repair and maintenance services for the trailers they sell, as well as parts and accessories. They typically serve a wide range of customers, which can include commercial businesses, owner-operators, and individuals.
Sample transaction data reports that include valuation multiples are available free online.

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