PSR_TPI_Index-Q3 2018.pdf

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St. Paul, MN (October 30, 2018)— The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) dropped from 124 to 112, or 9.7%, for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2018, from Q2 2018. The year-over-year (Q3 2017 to  Q3 2018) gain for the PSR-TPI was, 110 to 112, or 1.8%.

Commercial vehicle demand in 2018, has been particularly strong in North America, Brazil, Russia and India while demand is expected to decline sharply in China after very strong sales in 2017.  Demand in Japan/Korea is also in decline. Outside of China and Japan/Korea, medium and heavy commercial vehicle demand in the other regions is trending higher this year.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

Commercial vehicle demand globally in 2018, has been particularly strong in North America, Brazil, Russia and India while demand is expected to decline sharply in China after very strong sales in 2017.  Demand in Japan/Korea is also in decline. Outside of China and Japan/Korea, medium and heavy commercial vehicle demand in the other regions is trending higher this year. 
 
In North America, production levels for class 8 trucks continue to be strong, driven by record order levels that are expected to continue well into 2019.  Order boards basically are filled through H1 2019.  The strong economy is driving the need to replace or expand the fleets.  While not as strong as the heavy truck segment, the medium truck segment is having another good year, driven largely by strong consumer and vocational demand.

Medium and heavy truck production is expected to increase by 4.8% in Greater Europe this year over 2017.  Production in Western Europe should increase by 1.8%, while production in Eastern Europe could increase by 15.7% as the fleets continue to replace their aging trucks. 

After weak demand in Eastern Europe over the past few years a recovery in demand is in full swing.  While demand in Western Europe has slowed somewhat this year, it continues to be historically strong.

Strong demand in South Asia, led by demand in India, should boost production for medium and heavy trucks in South Asia this year by 10% over 2017.  Production in India is expected to increase by 11.1% this year after a soft 2017, primarily due to the implementation of the BS-IV emission regulations which increased the cost of the trucks.  Additional infrastructure spending is expected to boost demand in India during the next few years.

After several years with very low medium and heavy truck demand, domestic and export sales in South America started to improve last year and South American production is expected to increase by 12.9% in 2018, led by Brazil.  While truck exports are a main reason for this increase, domestic demand also has  improved significantly during the past year. Demand in Argentina is expected to soften as the country struggles with its economy.

Medium and heavy truck demand in Japan/Korea is expected to continue its decline by falling 9.7% this year as softness in domestic demand continues to impede the manufacturers.  Japanese production should decline by 9.7% while production in South Korea should fall by 7.1%, compared with last year.  Production continues to be transferred from Japan and Korea closer to their traditional export markets.
 
Because of China's GB1589 regulations to control overloading of trucks last year, commercial truck demand in that country was very strong in 2017 and into the first eight months of 2018.  However, truck capacity is now relatively high and with higher truck prices partly due to the cost of emission technology and lower freight rates, demand is expected to decline in Q4 2018 and during the next few years.   PSR

The PSR Truck Production Index is produced by Chris Fischer, PSR Senior Commercial Vehicle Analyst and Jim Downey, PSR Vice President- Global Data Products.  

 

PSR_Truck Production Index-Q2 2018.pdf

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St. Paul, MN (July 19, 2018)— The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) increased from 113 to 127, or 12.4%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2018, from the Q1 2018. The year-over-year (Q2 2017 to Q2 2018) gain for the PSR-TPI was 124 to 127, or 2.4%.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

Global Index: On a global basis, commercial vehicle demand is expected to remain strong through the rest of the year and into 2019. Outside of Japan and Korea, production levels are relatively strong or are showing good improvement in all other regions.

North America: In 2018, medium and heavy commercial truck production is expected to increase by 14.7% over last year, driven by extremely strong class 8 demand along with continued strength in the medium duty (class 4-7) segment.  Production levels for class 8 trucks are expected to increase by 26.6% this year while medium truck production is expected to remain strong and increase by 1.3% over 2017.

Europe: Medium and heavy truck production is expected to increase by 5.4% in Greater Europe this year over 2017.  Production in Western Europe should increase by 2.6% while production in Eastern Europe could increase by 15.2% as the fleets continue to replace their aging trucks.  After weak demand in Eastern Europe over the past few years a recovery in demand is in full swing.  Demand in Western Europe continues to be relatively strong this year.

South Asia: Medium and heavy commercial truck demand in South Asia is expected to improve this year over 2017.  Production for medium and heavy trucks should increase by 15.1%, led by stronger demand in India.  Production in India is expected to increase by 20% this year after a soft 2017 primarily due to the implementation of the BS-IV emission regulations which increased the cost of the trucks.  Additional infrastructure spending is expected to boost demand in India during the next few years.

South America: After several years with very low medium and heavy truck demand, domestic and export sales started to improve last year and production in South America is expected to increase by 20% in 2018 driven by Brazil.  While truck exports are a main reason for this increase, domestic demand has also significantly improved during the past year.  Production in Venezuela has stopped.

Japan/Korea: Medium and heavy truck demand is expected to continue its decline by falling 7.4% this year as softness in domestic demand continues to impede the manufacturers.  Japanese production should decline by 7.5% while production in South Korea should fall by 5.3% compared with last year.  Production continues to be transferred from Japan and Korea closer to their traditional export markets.

Greater China: Through the first four months of 2018, relatively strong medium and heavy truck demand continued in China and is expected to remain at replacement levels through the rest of the year.  Medium and heavy truck production is expected to decline by 8.3% this year while heavy truck production is expected to decline by 11% compared to 2017.  With the introduction of the GB1589 regulations to control overloading of trucks last year, commercial truck demand very strong in 2017. 

The PSR Truck Production Index is produced by Chris Fischer, PSR Senior Commercial Vehicle Analyst and Jim Downey, PSR Vice President- Global Data Products.  PSR

 

PSR_Truck_Production_Index-Q1_2018.pdf

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St. Paul, MN (April 9, 2018)— The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) decreased from 114 to 107, or 6.1%, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018, from Q4 2017. The year-over-year (Q1 2017 to Q1 2018) loss for the PSR-TPI was one point (108 to 107), or .93%.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

Global Index: Commercial vehicle demand in 2018, is expected to be particularly strong in North America, Brazil, Russia and India while demand is expected to decline sharply in China after very strong sales in 2017. With the exception of China and Japan/Korea, medium and heavy commercial vehicle demand in the other regions is trending higher this year.

North America: In 2018, medium and heavy commercial truck production is expected to increase by 13.8% over last year, driven by extremely strong class 8 demand combined with continued strength in the medium duty (class 4-7) segment.  Production levels for class 8 trucks are expected to exceed 300,000 trucks this year as a result of a very strong economy and high freight demand.  Demand in the medium duty segment will be driven in part by continued strength in the vocational segment.

The next update of the Power Systems Research TPI will be in July 2018 and will reflect changes in the TPI during Q2 2018.

The PSR Truck Production Index is produced by Chris Fischer, PSR Senior Commercial Vehicle Analyst and Jim Downey, PSR Vice President- Global Data Products.  PSR

 

PSR_Truck_Production_Index_Q4_2017.pdf

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St. Paul, MN (January 12, 2018)— The outlook for global truck production in the class 4-8 looks very promising for 2018 as it continues a strong growth pattern established in 2017. Even previously struggling countries such as Russia, Brazil and Turkey saw very positive signs in 2017 and are looking for continued growth this year.  North America and Europe also are expected to have a good year in 2018.

With the exception of Japan Korea and possibly China, all regions are expected to see modest to strong demand for medium and heavy commercial trucks in 2018.

The Power Systems Research Global Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) increased from 111 to 114, or 2.7%, for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017. The year-over-year (Q4 2016 to the Q4 2017) gain for the PSR-TPI was 8.6%, increasing from 105 to 114.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

Looking at individual regions, this is what we see for 2018:

North America: When final numbers for 2017 are tabulated, production of medium and heavy commercial trucks is expected to increase by 9.3%, compared to 2016.  The class 8 heavy truck segment continues to improve, and production is expected to finish approximately 11.5% higher than 2016, driven by high order intake.   The medium truck (class 4-7) segment is expected to remain strong with production increasing by 6.9% over 2016, primarily driven by a strong vocational segment.  Demand for class 8 trucks declined in 2016 but stabilized in 2017, and production is expected to reach 300,000 trucks in 2018.

Europe: In Greater Europe, production for medium and heavy commercial vehicles is expected to increase by 9.7% in 2017, compared with 2016.  After a relatively strong couple of years in Western Europe, demand has moderated somewhat, but production improved by 5% compared with 2016.  After the past few years of political and economic strife, truck demand improved greatly in 2017 and is expected to finish the year 35.8% higher than 2016.  This is due to a combination of companies upgrading their fleets and economic expansion.

South Asia: With the exception of India, all of the countries of South Asia are expected to have a good year for medium and heavy commercial vehicle demand.  Demand has slowed in India with the strict implementation of the BS-IV emission regulations on April 1, which increased the cost of the vehicles by 6% – 10%.  There was very little truck pre-buy during the Q1 2017, and there was a sharp decline in demand during Q2 2017.  However, demand appears to have stabilized in the third quarter.  For the year, medium and heavy commercial truck demand is expected to decline by 1.8% compared to 2016.

South America: Medium and heavy commercial vehicle production has finally stabilized in Brazil albeit, at historically low levels with production expected to increase by 25% compared to 2016. 
 
Japan/Korea: Domestic and export demand for medium and heavy commercial vehicles are expected to decline in 2017 compared with 2016.  Production for medium and heavy commercial vehicles is expected to decline by 3.3% in 2017. 

Greater China: Production of medium and heavy commercial vehicles is expected to increase by 28.3% in 2017.  In 2017, China started to strictly enforce the GB1589 regulations to control overloading of trucks. This change will reduce freight hauling capacities by 20% thus driving the need to increase truck capacity in the market.

The next update of the Power Systems Research TPI will be in April 2018 and will reflect changes in the TPI during Q1 2018.  

The PSR Truck Production Index is produced by Chris Fischer, PSR Senior Commercial Vehicle Analyst and Jim Downey, PSR Vice President- Global Data Products.  PSR

 

PSR_Truck_Production_Index-Q3_2017.pdf

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St. Paul, MN (October 12, 2017)— The Power Systems Research global Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) deceased from 116 to 105, or -9.5%, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2017, from Q2 2017. However, the year-over-year (Q3 2016 to Q3 2017) gain for the PSR-TPI was 101 to 105, or 3.9%.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

Overall, the global commercial truck industry is stronger than it has been in a number of years and is expected to continue to be strong moving into 2018.  While there are still concerns about regional economies such as South America and Greater China, the global economies continue to improve.

While production in China also is expected to increase and South Asia also is expected to post gains, India is not expected to do as well. Japan and Korea are expected to decline this year.  

With the exception of India, all of the countries of South Asia are expected to have a good year for medium and heavy commercial vehicle demand.  Demand has slowed in India with the strict implementation of the BS-IV emission regulations on April 1,  which increased the cost of the vehicles by 6% – 10%.  There was very little truck pre-buy during Q1 2017, and there was a sharp decline in demand during the second quarter.  However, demand appears to have stabilized in the third quarter.

Medium and heavy commercial truck demand are starting to see improvements in countries such as Brazil and Russia in which we expect to see double digit growth this year after a number of years with dismal demand levels.  Along with a soft economy and the implementation of Euro VI emission regulations last year, Turkey is still struggling with demand levels.

In North America, medium and heavy commercial truck production is expected to increase by 2.3% this year compared with 2016.  The class 8 heavy truck segment continues to improve and production is expected to finish slightly higher than 2016.   The medium truck (class 4-7) segment is expected to remain strong with production increasing by 5.2% over last year primarily driven by a strong vocational segment.  Demand for class 8 trucks declined last year but demand is improving and is expected to continue into 2018.

Also seeing improvement is Greater Europe. Here, production for medium and heavy commercial vehicles is expected to increase by 5.5% this year compared with 2016.  After a relatively strong couple of years in Western Europe, demand has moderated somewhat, but production has improved 3.6% compared to last year.  After very low demand in Eastern Europe during the past few years, the market has stabilized and is expected to improve by 15.3% this year as fleets continue to upgrade their equipment. 

The next update of the Power Systems Research TPI will be in January 2018 and will reflect changes in the TPI during Q4 2017. 

The PSR Truck Production Index is produced by Chris Fischer, PSR Senior Commercial Vehicle Analyst and Jim Downey, PSR Vice President- Global Data Products.  PSR

 

 

PSR_TPI_Index-Q2 2017.pdf

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ST. PAUL, MN (JULY 14, 2017)—The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) inceased from 100 to 114, or 14%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2017, from the first quarter of 2017.

The year-over-year (Q2 2016 to Q2 2017) gain for the PSR-TPI was, 111 to 114, or 2.7%.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database of commercial vehicles maintained by Power Systems Research.

SUMMARY: While the global economy is mixed, the overall trend for economic growth remains positive and bodes well for commercial vehicle demand. Commodity prices continue to hinder growth primarily due to overcapacity in the Chinese market.

Regionally, except for South America, India and Turkey regional commercial vehicle demand is typically at historic replacement levels and are expected to remain that way throughout the remainder of the year. After seeing a couple of poor years for demand in Russia, it appears commercial vehicle sales have rebounded.  PSR

 

PSR_TPI_Index_Q1 2017.pdf

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The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR_TPI) for Q1 2017. ended March 31, 2017, dropped from 105 to 101, or 3.8%, from the fourth quarter of 2016. The year-over-year (Q1 2016 to Q1 2017) gain for the PSR-TPI was, 98 to 101, or 3.1%.

From Q1 2012, the base year for the index, the TPI of global truck production has climbed 1%, increasing from 100 in Q1 2012 to 101 in Q1 2017.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea and Emerging Markets.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database of commercial vehicle statistics maintained by Power Systems Research.

SUMMARY: Overall, global demand for commercial vehicles has continued to improve this year, even as commodity prices have generally remained low. Many economists agree that global economic growth continues to improve and is expected to remain relatively strong throughout the year.

With the exception of South America, which remains at or near recession levels, regional commercial vehicle demand is generally at historic replacement levels and is expected to remain that way throughout the rest of 2017.  PSR

 

PSR TPI Index July 2015

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St. Paul, MN— The Power Systems Research Truck Production Index (PSR-TPI) jumped from 98 to 112, or 14.3%, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2015.

The year-over-year (second quarter of 2014 through the second quarter of 2015) gain for the PSR-TPI was, 111 to 112, or 1%. From the base period of the second quarter 2012, the PSR-TPI slipped a bit, dropping one point from 113 to 112.

The PSR-TPI measures truck production globally and across six regions: North America, China, Europe, South America, Japan & Korea and Emerging Markets. It's produced quarterly by Chris Fisher, PSR senior commercial vehicle analyst, and Jim Downey, PSR vice president of global research operations.

This data comes from CV Link™, the proprietary database maintained by Power Systems Research.

While overall global demand for medium and heavy commercial vehicles will be flat this year, the regional markets will vary widely. Production levels will remain high in North America driven by tight capacity, higher freight rates and the need for the fleets to continue replacing and expand capacity. The class 8 market will perform particularly well this year with production expected to finish around 330,000 – 335,000 trucks.

For more information about production by region, downloaded the attached free PDF. PSR

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