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Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Dealers

SIC 3715 & 5012 | NAICS 336212 & 423110


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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts


Truck Trailer Manufacturing  (view report)
Truck Body & Trailer Manufacturing  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast


National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
Tracks Magazine
https://www.natm.com/

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.



Truck Trailer Manufacturing
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Penton Media
Information resources available from this organization include:

Trailer/Body Builders Magazine
https://www.trailer-bodybuilders.com/
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
https://www.trailer-bodybuilders.com/
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
http://www.natda.org/

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
https://ftrintel.com/

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
http://www.actresearch.net/

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.


SpecialtyTransportation.net
Semi-Trailers
https://specialtytransportation.net/

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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios



Industry Financial Ratios
Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "336212" and "423110"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


National Trailer Dealers Association
Dealer Financial Performance Survey
https://www.ntda.org/

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
Truck Trailer Manufacturing
https://www.payscale.com/

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
https://www.ntda.org/

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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