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1 With over 250 years of combined experience in the transportation industry FTR experts provide qualitative analysis with historical and modal-specific insights, helping you evaluate market risks and identify new opportunities.
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FTR provides value to its customers through subscription services to freight and equipment focused reports and databases. These reports cover all aspects of freight transportation and have become the benchmark for many in the freight transportation industry.
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3 FTR provides value to the industry through premier transportation events, including our annual Transportation Conference held every September in Indianapolis. All FTR events provide unique, information-rich learning opportunities coupled with networking opportunities.
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4 FTR is a premier consulting firm regarding freight and equipment demand. The FTR staff travels extensively to conferences and meetings throughout the U.S. giving presentations. FTR also does private meetings with businesses so that senior management has an opportunity to discuss the industry directly with us.
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FTR has distinguished itself by being the only company with a complete set of freight data for all modes of transportation with detail at the 3 Digit STCC (Standard Transportation Commodity Code) commodity level and in some cases down to 4 and 5 digits. This means that FTR is tracking and forecasting 209 unique commodity groups both quarterly and annually. This data is the result of our proprietary Freight•cast U.S. freight model.
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Commercial Vehicle Forecast Accuracy Report


Due to the run-up of production in 2015, forecasting Class 8 trucks for 2016 was a significant challenge. The OEMs overbuilt in relation to the 2015 sales pace, leading to near-record inventory levels in 2016. This resulted in production cuts that were deeper and implemented faster than anticipated.

FTR’s 2016 trailer forecast was outstanding with accuracy within the +/-10% standard a full 24 months out and then was very close to the final total throughout the entire year of 2016. The accuracy of the quarterly forecasts was also exceptional in 2016.

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Calendar Year 2016

“FTR had another solid year of forecasting commercial vehicle activity in 2016. It is always difficult to forecast Class 8 truck demand when inventories are bloated.  However, our forecasting models were correct in indicating that build would bottom out at the end of the year. We were the only major forecasting firm to do this."

"We were particularly pleased with our trailer forecast for 2016 with numbers that were highly accurate from about 16 months out right to the finish."

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Class 8 Truck Production

Class 4-7 Truck Production

Trailer Production

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Truck & Trailer Outlook

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FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook service gives you the best N.A. commercial vehicle equipment forecast in the industry. Each report covers specific detail and forecasts for:

  • North American Class 8 Truck
  • Trailers by type
  •  Medium Duty (Classes 4-7)
  • Overall trucking environment

This service gives you expanded coverage of transportation & logistics issues, freight segmentation, commodity & modal analysis, truck productivity and capacity utilization.