Flatbed trailer manufacturers say that they are ramping up production and sending out newer models to help trucking companies meet their customers’ business needs as orders increase following the economic recession.
The industry estimates 26,000 flatbeds will be produced in 2013, an 8.3% increase from the 24,000 produced in 2012, said Keith Limback, general sales manager for Manac Trailers in Freeport, Pa., citing data from ACT Research Co. and FTR Associates. Those totals are a significant increase from 2009, when just 7,000 were produced, he added.
Flatbed production companies sold 24,100 trailers in 2013, according to Specialty Transportation.net. With the market leader being Fontaine Trailer Co., selling 20.6 percent of the units, they topped the rest of the market and were only followed by three other double digit flatbed makers – Wabash National Corp., Utility Trailer Manufacturing and Reitnouer Inc.
Last year, a total of 234,870 trailers were sold, a 9 percent increase from the previous year, which was 214,634. Leading the pack in 2012 was Wabash National with 19.4 percent of market share. Utility Trailer Manufacturing ranked third 16 percent, Fontaine Trailer Co…