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Increase in Equipment Finance Consolidation After Major Player Sell-Off

Market conditions are ripe for new mergers and acquisitions in the equipment finance industry, as a slowdown in new equipment sales and the sell-off of significant assets by industry giant GE Capital Corp.  A substantial portion of GE’s assets have already been acquired by BMO Financial Group and Wells Fargo & Co., however such a […]

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Industry Leaders See 2015 “On Target”

Equipment Finance Advisor brings together a panel of four industry leaders to share their impressions as to how the industry is faring thus far. In the following roundtable discussion, Elaine Temple at BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, Craig Weinewuth at Engs Commercial Finance, Dave Drury at MB Equipment Finance and Phil Carlson at Nations Equipment Finance share […]

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ACT Research: March Gain in Trailer Orders Brings Epic Order Season to a Close

COLUMBUS, IN – Trailer net orders in March, at 23,190 units, rose 12% over February, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “While large fleets made order commitments in the last four months of 2014, small and medium fleets, along with dealers, finally joined the […]

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ACT Research: Trailer Industry Order Volumes Moderate in January

COLUMBUS, IN – Trailer net orders in January, at 19,853, were down nearly 32% from December’s very strong order volume, but rose 18% year over year. These results were published in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “Total trailer backlog is at its highest level in […]

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ACT Research: Class 8 Used Truck Sales Pull Back in January

COLUMBUS, IN – Total reported volumes of used Class 8 trucks fell to to 2,239 units in January, a decline of 12% month over month and 3% year over year, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. “The pull back in volumes […]

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ACT Research: January CV Demand Continues to Show Strength

COLUMBUS, IN – Class 8 net orders were 35,226 units in January and Classes 5-7 posted 18,712 net orders. These results were published in the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co. (ACT). The report covers Classes 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market. Said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s […]

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ACT Research: Classes 5-8 Demand Remains Elevated in January

COLUMBUS, IN – Even though January’s orders failed to match December’s near-record order intake, demand for new Classes 5-8 vehicles in the NA market remained elevated during the month. For the month, preliminary data indicate that 53,200 NA Classes 5-8 vehicle net orders were booked (±5%). That volume represents a decline of 21% from December, […]

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ACT Research: Forecasting Accuracy Top-Notch

COLUMBUS, IN – ACT Research, the leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market, has earned recognition for its forecasting abilities. In January 2015, the Wall Street Journal invited ACT […]

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ACT Research: Trailer Industry December Orders 2nd Highest in Industry History

COLUMBUS, IN – Nearly 44,000 net orders were posted in December, the second strongest month on record for the trailer industry, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). For total year 2014, net orders were 359,000, up nearly 55% over 2013. “The industry orderboard has […]

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ACT Research: November Class 8 Demand Strong; MD Demand Pulls Back

COLUMBUS, IN – External data indicated continued support for strength in heavy commercial vehicle demand, and Class 8 orders did not disappoint in November, at 40,925 units – the fifth best order month since ACT Research started collecting industry data in the early 1980s. These results were published in the latest State of the Industry […]

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ACT Research: Trailer Industry November Orders 4th Highest in Industry History

COLUMBUS, IN – November trailer orders were just over 36,000 units, up 43% year over year, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “The opening months of this order cycle reflect unprecedented strength,” said Frank Maly, Director – CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. […]

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ACT Research: China Commercial Vehicle Demand Continues Softening in Q3

COLUMBUS, IN –The pace of growth of China’s economy slowed in Q3’14 from one year ago, declining to 7.3% from 7.8%. For perspective, full-year 2013 real GDP growth was 7.7%, continuing the decline of the past 4 years: 7.8% in 2012, 9.3% in 2011 and 10.4% in 2010. This analysis is from the most recent […]

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ACT Research: October Classes 5-8 Preliminary Orders Second Best Month Ever

COLUMBUS, IN – Demand for commercial vehicles was robust in October as 67,900 total NA Classes 5-8 orders were booked, up 50% from a year ago. Over the past twelve months, NA Classes 5-8 net orders have totaled 563,600 units, representing the strongest 12-month period of NA Classes 5-8 order placement since the twelve months […]

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ACT Research: Class 8 Used Truck Volumes and Prices Rise in September

COLUMBUS, IN – Total reported volumes of used Class 8 trucks rose 6% month over month and 4% year over year in September, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. “Year-to-date, sales remain down 4%,” said Steve Tam, Vice President-Commercial Vehicle Sector […]

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ACT Research: Trailer Industry Remains Unabated in September

COLUMBUS, IN – September saw a continuation of a strong order season for the trailer industry, with 32,194 net orders placed, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “The pace of orders continues to amaze,” said Frank Maly, Director – CV Transportation Analysis and Research […]

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ACT Research: September was a Good Month for Commercial Vehicle Demand

COLUMBUS, IN – Medium and heavy duty classes 5-8 orders were at healthy levels again in September. Total net orders for Class 8 were 24,842 units, up 31% year over year. Classes 5-7 net orders, at 19,486, rose to their third strongest level since early 2008. These results were published in the latest State of […]

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ACT Research: Class 5-8 Demand Healthy in September

COLUMBUS, IN –Demand for commercial vehicles remained healthy in September as 43,300 total NA Classes 5-8 orders were booked, up 21% from a year ago and basically unchanged since August. Over the past twelve months, NA Classes 5-8 net orders have totaled 540,000 units. That cumulative order volume represents the strongest 12-month period of NA […]

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ACT Research: August Class 8 Used Truck Sales Volume Slows

COLUMBUS, IN – Total reported volumes of used Class 8 trucks fell 10% month over month and 6% year over year in August, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. “Year-to-date, sales remain down 5%,” said Steve Tam, Vice President-Commercial Vehicle Sector […]

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ACT Research: Trailer Industry Remains Strong in August

COLUMBUS, IN – August saw a continuation of a strong order season for the trailer industry, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “Both new and net orders posted gains of 30% month over month in August, said Frank Maly, Director – CV Transportation Analysis […]

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ACT Research: Conditions Remained Favorable in Q3 for Commercial Vehicle Demand

COLUMBUS, IN – Class 8 orders continued in above-expectations mode in August. Total net orders were 25,363 units. Classes 5-7 net orders rose to a four-month high of 18,012. These results were published in the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co. (ACT). The report covers Classes 5 through 8 […]

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