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Trailer demand half way back to health

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The latest forecast from Clear suggests that Western European trailer demand will be at about 175,000 units a year by mid 2013, in line with the long-term average.  "One way of looking at the situation is that, in 2011, we are half way back to a healthy market from the nadir of 2009," says Gary Beecroft, of Clear.  He says low demand for new trailers, between 2009 and 2012 has cut the trailer fleet for the first time.  "It will remain below two million until 2014."  Last year's European trailer registrations grew 10.6%, but that was against a 52% drop in 2008/9.   Beecroft says that curtain-side, box van and container chassis did particularly badly while refrigerated, tippers, tankers and bulkers fared better.  He expects widespread growth in 2011 and 2012 but thinks 2007 demand levels won't be beaten in the next 10 years.
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