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Crane Truck/Body Manufacturing in North America
SpecialtyTransportation.net, June 2007, Pages: 58
The manufacture of trucks/bodies generically known in the industry as crane trucks is a complicated process involving chassis producers, final equipment assemblers and intermediate manufacturers, each vying separately for the attention of distinctly different end users, from small service contractors to giant utilities. The type of companies involved in this industry range from a handful of mass producers of bodies and heavy-duty lift cranes to those who make integrated, value-added products, often with captive production of the bodies, accessories and cranes. Based on the approximate number of final trucks, this application represents a manufacturing activity of around $127 million, for body fabrication companies in the industry.
Going forward, the key factors for success and survival will be market penetration, in turn based on differentiation and more user-friendly specification processes for the final truck.
These and other issues are analyzed in this study, to provide a solid perspective on the industry structure and dynamics of this specialized vocational segment.
SCOPE & METHODOLOGY defines the coverage of the report and outlines the methodology, assumptions and sources used in compiling the research.
The ANALYSIS begins with a quantification of production estimates and competitive shares for crane truck/bodies in units and dollars.
Production shares are further shown by geographic area, since many companies operate in a defined radius from plant locations, due to transportation costs. Multi-plant facilities are singled out.
The above data is then used to provide a review of the competition, followed by a discussion of the most recent developments and trends. An assessment is made of the specific drivers that directly impact demand, as well as external factors, such as economic, technological and environmental influences, bearing on demand.
This is rounded off through a brief evaluation of the main applications, customers and/or channels.
The analysis is then drawn together with underlying assumptions to provide a succinct view of the outlook and forecast for this body type.
Manufacturer Data/Industry Structure Matrix is a tabulation that correlates employment, plant size and sales at each company, to arrive at a bird's eye view of the underlying industry structure. The size of the universe of crane truck bodies is analyzed in units in use, as found available from official sources. Finally, Web addresses of manufacturers are provided as a convenience to users wishing to access additional information on each company.
Company Profiles, based on a mix of interviews and/or other information, seek to describe company operations in a way that adds immeasurably to the overall understanding of this industry. All identified players in the United States and Canada are featured as a Profile, with the larger, more important companies carrying a higher degree of detail
SCOPE & METHODOLOGY
-Estimated Production & Competitive Shares
-Units & Dollars
-By Geographic Region(s)
-Outlook & Forecast
-Manufacturer Data/Industry Structure Matrix
-Employment, Plant Size & Sales Correlations
-Units in Use
-Web/URL Addresses of Manufacturers
Adkins Truck Equipment Co.
Auto Crane Co.
CASECO Mfg. Inc.
Diamond Truck Body Manufacturers
Douglass Truck Bodies Inc.
Feterl Mfg. Inc.
H & H Sales Co. Inc.
Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc.
Knapheide Mfg. Co
Largo Tank & Equipment Inc.
Maintainer Corp. of Iowa Inc.
Monroe Custom Utility Bodies Inc.
Nortruck Mfg. & Distributing Ltd.
Phenix Enterprises Inc.
Pride Bodies Ltd.
Reading Truck Body Inc.
Service Trucks International/Tiger Cranes
Valew Welding & Fabrication
Venco/Venturo Mfg. Div. of Collins Associates Inc.
Western Truck Body Mfg. Ltd.
Wilcox Bodies Ltd.