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Van Semi Trailer Manufacturing in CSCTRUCK

Van Semi Trailer Manufacturing in CSCTRUCK

Dec 12, 2019

Dry freight and refrigerated semi trailers are the leading segments in the semi trailer industry. The majority of goods in North America are moved by these two products. Dry freight van trailers are used for the transport of boxed goods, such as televisions and refrigerators, over long distances. Refrigerated van trailers are used with perishable goods that need to be kept cool until reaching a storage facility or grocery store. Leading semi trailer manufacturers focus on these two markets because it allows them to reap the benefits of scale. SVN has identified 16 players producing dry freight, refrigerated or moving van semi trailers. Based on the approximate number of final units, this application represents an activity of around $3.92 billion for manufacturers of these products.

Going forward, the key factor for success increasingly will be the ability to produce lighter units that can haul more cargo, due to high prices for diesel fuel. This directly affects the customers of the van semi trailer market—fleets and owner-operators. If a manufacturer can make a van trailer lighter, without changing the safety or performance of the tractor and trailer, the customer can make a profit on the unit faster. Some manufacturers are working with leading fleets, like the partnership between Great Dane and Wal-Mart, to develop trailers with improved aerodynamics, to reduce diesel consumption and therefore reduce operating costs. Aftermarket manufacturers have been developing products to improve aerodynamics as well. However, due to the longevity of these dry freight and refrigerated units, if manufacturers are able to provide a complete unit with better aerodynamics to the customer at the time of purchase, the cost benefit of the new unit should spur new demand.

Van semi trailer manufacturing is essentially a national market, but Great Dane and Utility are the only manufacturers with multiple manufacturing facilities. This segment has significant foreign participation, with South Korea’s Hyundai owning Hyundai Translead, China’s CIMC ownership of Vanguard National, and Singapore Technologies’ ownership of Kidron. SVN believes that there are few opportunities for consolidation in the product segment because it is a very competitive marketplace.

Dry freight and refrigerated semi trailers are the leading segments in the semi trailer industry. The majority of goods in North America are moved by these two products. Dry freight van trailers are used for the transport of boxed goods, such as televisions and refrigerators, over long distances. Refrigerated van trailers are used with perishable goods that need to be kept cool until reaching a storage facility or grocery store. Leading semi trailer manufacturers focus on these two markets because it allows them to reap the benefits of scale. SVN has identified 16 players producing dry freight, refrigerated or moving van semi trailers. Based on the approximate number of final units, this application represents an activity of around $3.92 billion for manufacturers of these products.

Going forward, the key factor for success increasingly will be the ability to produce lighter units that can haul more cargo, due to high prices for diesel fuel. This directly affects the customers of the van semi trailer market—fleets and owner-operators. If a manufacturer can make a van trailer lighter, without changing the safety or performance of the tractor and trailer, the customer can make a profit on the unit faster. Some manufacturers are working with leading fleets, like the partnership between Great Dane and Wal-Mart, to develop trailers with improved aerodynamics, to reduce diesel consumption and therefore reduce operating costs. Aftermarket manufacturers have been developing products to improve aerodynamics as well. However, due to the longevity of these dry freight and refrigerated units, if manufacturers are able to provide a complete unit with better aerodynamics to the customer at the time of purchase, the cost benefit of the new unit should spur new demand.

Van semi trailer manufacturing is essentially a national market, but Great Dane and Utility are the only manufacturers with multiple manufacturing facilities. This segment has significant foreign participation, with South Korea’s Hyundai owning Hyundai Translead, China’s CIMC ownership of Vanguard National, and Singapore Technologies’ ownership of Kidron. SVN believes that there are few opportunities for consolidation in the product segment because it is a very competitive marketplace.

This report has broken out the regional production and also displays the estimated unit production and sales for each manufacturer within the van semi trailer market. This information will be invaluable to suppliers and semi trailer manufacturers in this segment.

These and other issues are analyzed in this report, to provide a perspective on the industry structure and dynamics of this specialized vocational segment.