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Net orders and shipments of commercial trailers continued their strong performance during March 2011. Net orders rose 21% from February levels, while shipments were more than 33% above the previous month. ACT Research Co. (ACT) also noted that shipments for the first quarter of 2011 were up 109% compared to the same quarter last year.

 The solid, broad-based industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers, published April 27. While all trailer categories are showing substantial improvement compared to last year, the dry van segment continues to set the pace, with shipments up 198% year-to-date.

 “Net orders have now grown for 18 consecutive months, as well as 19 of the past 20. Total trailer net orders are now 98% above the level at this time last year,” says Frank Maly, director CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. “Shipments, up 109% year-to-date, are growing at an even stronger pace. Additionally, backlogs continue to grow. The stage is set for solid industry performance for the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012.”

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