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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

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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

Tracks Magazine

Bimonthly magazine features news and information for light- and medium-duty trailer manufacturers that manufacture utility, boat, camping, travel, and other special purpose trailers, with topics covered in each issue of the magazine including industry news, developments, and trends, technical reports, NATM member news and updates, company and product profiles, and government affairs updates.

Truck Trailer Manufacturing

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
Monthly trade publication features news and information for truck body and trailer manufacturers and dealers, with special features including the annual "North American Trailer Output Report" (February) which provides current and prior year unit production data by manufacturer for the top manufacturers and in-depth news coverage of the annual TTMA and NTDA meetings (June and November issues).

North American Trailer Output Report
Annual survey of the top 25 manufacturers in North America provides unit production data—including the number of trailers, containers, and container chassis—by individual manufacturer for the current and prior year, with additional unit production data provided for specific types of units (e.g., dry freight van, refrigerated, low/flat bed, platform, dry bulk, curtainside, and tank) for selected manufacturers.

NATDA Magazine

Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for light- and medium-duty trailer dealers that sell utility, boat, camping, travel, and other special purpose trailers (GVWR 11,794 kg/26,000 lb or less), with topics covered in each issue including recent news and developments, sales and marketing ideas, parts and service department operations, new products and services, and company news and profiles.

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, flat bed, liquid tank, dry tank, dump, lowboy/bed, 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, bulk tank, grain, other) for backlog, build, inventory, new orders, orders canceled, net orders, and factory shipments for the current month, current quarter, and on a year-to-date basis with comparison to the same periods in prior year for trending analysis.

Market research reports provide comprehensive coverage of the trailer manufacturing industry in North America, with products lines covered in individual research reports including automobile transport/car carrier, dry freight van, dump, hopper bottom grain, logging & chip, lowboy/heavy haul/oilfield, moving van, platform/curtainside, refrigerated truck/van, refrigerated van, and dry bulk/liquid/gas tanker units.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Truck Trailer Manufacturers and Distributors  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

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 measures provided in the survey including income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios categorized by annual net sales and geographic region.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Dealer Compensation Survey

Annual NTDA dealer survey provides compensation information, including base/straight-time salaries, overtime/bonuses/incentives, and sales commissions, for salaried and hourly personnel employed by independent semi-trailer dealers, and also provides information on employee fringe benefits such vacation, holidays, sick leave, health savings accounts, health insurance, and retirement programs.

Truck Trailer Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as buyer, chief operating officer, design engineer, mechanical engineer, maintenance technician, and welder, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Great Dane Trailers, LLC,  Polar Corporation, Supreme Corporation, Vantage Trailers, Inc., and Wabash National Corporation.

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