Does the decline in commercial truck sales have an impact on the market for flatbeds？
Recently, China Automobile Association released the auto production and sales in April 2022. April commercial vehicle sales 216,000 units, down 60.7%; From January to April, commercial vehicle sales totaled 1.181 million units, down 39.8%.
From January to April, truck production and sales decreased by 38.8% and 41.0% year-on-year respectively
According to network statistics, about 46,000 heavy trucks were sold in China's heavy truck market in April, down 40% from 77,000 in March this year, down 76% from 193,000 in the same period last year, with a net decrease of nearly 150,000 vehicles.
Sales of 46,000 were the lowest for April since 2007, up only from 33,500 in 2006. April was also the twelfth consecutive month of decline in the heavy truck market since May last year.
After April, the cumulative sales of the heavy truck market from January to April in 2022 reached 278,000 units, down 62% compared with 725,000 units in the same period of last year, a decrease of 447,000 units!
Sinotruk sold about 11,500 heavy trucks in April, which was the only company to sell more than 10,000 trucks in that month. Its cumulative sales from January to April reached 66,500 units, with its market share rising to 23.9%, up 6 percentage points year on year.
Faw Jiefang sold about 5,000 heavy trucks in April. From January to April in 2022, the cumulative sales volume of Jiefang heavy trucks was 59,700 units, accounting for 21.5% of the market.
On May 9, Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. announced that 6,081 light trucks were sold in April; The cumulative sales volume from January to April was 45,185 units, down 25.46% year-on-year.
Dongfeng (including Dongfeng commercial vehicles, Dongfeng LiuQi Chenglong Automobile, etc.) in April this year, sales of heavy trucks 90,500 units, ranked the second in the industry; From January to April this year, Dongfeng has sold 54,300 units of all kinds of heavy trucks, with a market share of 19.6%, up 0.8 percentage points year-on-year, and its cumulative sales still rank the third in the industry.
Shaanxi Automobile Group sold about 7,000 heavy trucks of all kinds in April, and the cumulative sales of 33,000 heavy trucks since the beginning of the year, accounting for 11.9% of the market.
Market overview of t he flatbeds
The semi-trailer market is valued at more than $29.8 million in 2021 and is projected to reach $42.8 million by 2027, with a cagR of more than 5.3% over the forecast period.
The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2021. This leads to a decrease in The industrial production of The flatbeds . Subsequently, this led to low demand for semitrailers. Similarly, sales and production of The flatbeds declined as supply chains in The global market were disrupted. For example, The number of units produced by Schmitz's, a well-known Semi-trailer manufacturer in Europe, declined by 28% in 2019-20. The reduced production time of The flatbeds affected The company's overall productivity, resulting in a loss in The quarter.
In the medium term, the growing use of alternative fuels is likely to drive the growth outlook for the semi-trailer market during the forecast period. Semi-trailer manufacturers are adopting and developing cutting-edge technologies to improve The efficiency of The vehicle The flatbeds . Similarly, German company Kassbohrer recently launched its latest semi-trailer, covering four product groups, in response to changing trends in the industry to meet the exact needs of consumers.
Due to the versatility and flexibility of roads and trailers, most transportation in the manufacturing, automotive, construction and energy sectors takes place on roads and trailers. Semi-trailers are more popular than full trailers.
The flatbeds Key market trends
In the European Union, about 75% of inland freight was transported by road in 2020. In 2019, European roads carried about 1.7 trillion kilometres of goods. In recent years, the share of road freight flatbeds has gradually increased, while the share of railway freight has declined.
The key factor driving the growth of the flatbeds market is the increased inclination toward logistics semi-trailers. In addition, the rapid growth of e-commerce in Europe marks the core pillar of the single digital market and indicates the development of the online retail industry, which is sensing the expansion of well-organized retail space. As the e-commerce flatbeds industry grows in Europe, demand for more developed flatbeds distribution networks is rising. As the market continues to grow, demand is also expected to rise for all types of semi-trailers, most of which are used by commercial fleet operators, including express services, postal services and e-commerce delivery services.
It is expected that by 2025, the North American market will occupy the largest market share of flatbeds
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which allows free trade between the US, Canada and Mexico, will lead to an increase in fleet operations in the region. This is expected to boost flatbeds shipping due to increased business activity and consumer spending. Wabash, Modern Translead, Great Dane, and Utility Trailer are the major players in the North American semi Trailer market. These participants are focusing on collaborating to launch technologically advanced semitrailers. The North American semi-trailer market is currently in a replacement cycle, with an ageing semi-trailer population that needs to be replaced with technologically advanced semi-trailers. As a result, the North American semi-trailer market is expected to dominate the market in terms of value during the forecast period.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the most promising flatbeds market and is expected to continue this trend in the coming years. Increasing infrastructure activity and supporting investment from domestic and foreign investors are the factors leading to the growth of the Asia Pacific flatbeds market. Large projects led to increased demand for flatbeds s used to transport heavy machinery, driving the flatbeds market during the forecast period.
The flatbeds supplier manufacturer
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