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Global Semi-Trailers Market, 2017 - 2025

  • Report

  • 64 Pages
  • February 2019
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4753088

As Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards become More Stringent, Semi-trailers are Entering a Phase of Innovative Growth

This research on the global semi-trailers market provides a detailed analysis of market and technology trends, challenges, and forecasts from 2017 to 2025. The study covers North America, Western Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, Asia-Pacific, India, and Rest-of-World. It identifies and analyzes the key regulations and the evolution of semi-trailer technologies. In addition, it outlines the price, competitive competencies, and market shares of key manufacturers. The study also estimates the semi-trailer body-type splits of key regions. North America, Europe, and China will be the main markets over the forecast period due to economic growth and infrastructure development. Countries such as Russia, Brazil, and India are expected to become future growth areas as their economies recover and as infrastructure development continues.

The semi-trailer has always been seen as a complimentary piece of equipment in comparison to the tractor. Global fleets and owner-operators are highly price-sensitive. As a result, the semi-trailer has consistently seen minimal innovation as consumers are not willing to pay for advanced technologies. Times are changing as increasingly stringent regulations now demand improved efficiency and safety measures from tractor-trailer combinations. In the past, regulations solely focused on heavy-duty tractor improvements and neglected semi-trailers. However, EPA GHG Phase 2 in North America has, for the first time, included semi-trailers for efficiency gains. Phase 2 is expected to drive semi-trailer innovation, and it will mandate that all new semi-trailers possess a combination of aerodynamics and low rolling resistant tires. This will be a positive step that will help to reduce the carbon footprint of the trucking industry in North America and improve fuel efficiency. Euro VII is under development and is expected to include semi-trailers in some form, which will drive the efficiency of the tractor-trailer combination. Strong examples of this movement are in place, with proposed efficiency changes and leading tractor and trailer OEMs collaborating to develop an integrated efficiency combination. China has also implemented regulations for semi-trailers that are focused on safety (freight overloading is a key concern in the country). This will act as a positive step for the country in terms of boosting demand for semi-trailers and improving the on-road handling of tractor-trailer combinations.

In such an environment, semi-trailers are expected to undergo an evolution from a commodity to a highly customized and engineered product. Innovation will be focused on aerodynamics, tire safety/maintenance, light weighting, electrified axles, tractor-trailer integration, and trailer telematics.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Summary of Key Findings
  • Global Logistics Spending
  • Global Semi-trailer Unit Production and Revenue Forecast
  • Important Growth Opportunities for Semi-Trailer Innovation
  • Semi-trailer Key Technology Penetration

2. Research Scope, Objectives, and Methodology
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aim and Objectives
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Research Methodology

3. Definitions and Segmentation
  • Definition and Classification-Key Semi-Trailer Types

4. Market Analysis
  • Key Market Trends
  • Global Logistics Spending
  • Global Semi-trailer Unit Production and Revenue Forecast
  • Global Semi-trailer Market Revenue and Pricing Forecast
  • Global Semi-trailer Unit Production Forecast by Region
  • Semi-trailer Type Breakdown by Key Region

5. Regulations
  • Proposed US Tractor-Trailer GHG Regulation (Phase 2)
  • CARB and SmartWay Transport Partnership
  • Regulatory Environment-Europe
  • HDV CO2 Standards-Europe
  • Proposed Europe Tractor-Trailer Improvements
  • Regulatory Environment-China
  • Fuel Efficiency Standards-China

6. Technology Roadmap
  • Important Growth Opportunities for Semi-Trailer Innovation
  • Key Technology Penetration
  • Technology Roadmap
  • Active Control versus Passive Aerodynamics Growth Analysis
  • Innovation for Fuel Savings
  • OEM Semi-trailer Aerodynamics Deflector Penetration
  • Semi-trailer Telematics
  • Tire Safety Systems-ATIS and TPMS
  • Electrification in Semi-trailers
  • Integrated Tractor-Trailer Combinations

7. Competitive Dynamics
  • OEM Unit Market Share in Key Regions
  • OEM Product Portfolio

8. Growth Opportunities
  • Growth Opportunity-Innovation and Integration
  • Strategic Imperatives

9. Conclusions
  • Conclusions
  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

10. Appendix
  • Market Engineering Methodology
  • List of Exhibits