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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

The FTR Transportation Conference is focused on freight transportation in North America over the next 5 years. This unique conference covers all the surface freight transport modes, bringing all parties to the table and connecting the dots between the economy, freight demand, competition between modes, carrier & shipper behavior, and demand for new transport equipment. Hear over 40 speakers and panelists provide valuable insight on all modes of freight transportation. In order to understand the present and what the transport future may bring, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.

 

Transportation Outlook
2011 struggled after posting the strongest freight growth in nearly 30 years. The focus now turns to understanding how long this recovery can last. Hear from the one of the nation’s leading experts in transportation forecasting and analysis, Noel Perry. Noel will get you up to speed on what is occurring today and explore what the future will look like tomorrow. FTR knows that good forecasting helps a firm adapt to the inevitable unexpected twists on the economic cycle. Learn how those insights can help you prosper in these uncertain times.

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Truck Freight Outlook
The trucking market continues to show signs of capacity stress. Find out if the recent easing in the economy is enough to take the pressure off – or whether the buildup of regulatory drag from a collection of Federal safety initiatives will cause a crisis anyway. FTR will present its unique capacity measurement, including the effect of each safety initiative. Speakers from the carrier and shipper community will report on their level of freight demand, current issues of driver supply, and what they are doing to ensure they meet their customer’s needs. Also, hear from the former FMCSA Administrator, Annette Sandberg, give an update on the legislative and regulatory issues impacting the trucking industry.

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Rail & Barge Freight Outlook
The recovery continues to be led by the industrial sector, resulting in relatively good news for the rails. Carloads have been growing, service has been solid and the rails continue to invest unprecedented amounts of capital to maintain and expand capacity. Rail rate also continue to climb and carrier operating ratios are healthy. Meanwhile, barge transportation continues to battle inadequate government funding of infrastructure and fluctuating demand.

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Intermodal & Maritime Outlook
Of all the major freight transportation modes, intermodal has been the star of the current recovery, posting superior gains in traffic and gaining market share. The rails are investing heavily in new intermodal infrastructure, while intermodal carriers have posted great performances both in terms of profitability and stock price. What’s behind the current wave of prosperity and how sustainable are the gains? Will higher fuel prices and a projected shortage of truck drivers drive more traffic to intermodal, and how well will the system be able to cope with continued traffic gains? Where are the weak points and what could change the equation? Our panel of intermodal experts will cover all aspects of the complex intermodal equation, from foreign port to the loading dock. You won’t want to miss this insightful discussion of the newest core traffic mode.

Session Sponsorship Available:
 - Contact Clay Davis (cdavis@ftrassociates.com)
Oil & Natural Gas – A Freight Transportation Game Changer
Production of natural gas in North America has exploded over the last two years. As a result, the price of natural gas is now becoming more competitive with other traditional fuels such as coal and diesel. The boom in production has led to a surge in shipping demand for frak sand and waste water. This change is creating opportunities and challenges for railroads as natural gas is chipping away at the lucrative coal market while the small cubed hopper car market is red hot. On the truck side, not only has demand increased for truck equipment to help with the extraction of the commodity but manufacturers and truckers are looking at natural gas as a viable alternative to diesel. This has everyone in the industry excited about the prospects going forward. However, do the economics support this large investment and can truckers profitably put this type of equipment to work in their fleets?

In this session we will talk about the full supply chain surrounding natural gas. We will have many industry perspectives represented such as a producer, drilling supplier, railroad, trucker, engine manufacturer, and transportation analyst to give us a broad perspective of what is occurring in this market and what the future holds. This is a session that you do not want to miss.
Session Sponsorship Available:
 - Contact Clay Davis (cdavis@ftrassociates.com)

Railcar Equipment Outlook
The recent freight recession had a profound impact on the North American rail car fleet. Now that the rail freight environment has dramatically improved, where does that leave the industry from a car supply perspective? How are the individual fleets performing? And, what are their outlooks over the near and long term? In the new car market, orders are up significantly and the backlog is growing. Delivery rates are rising, but so are new car costs. How long will the new cycle last? When will it peak? And why is this cycle different from previous ones? Also, what are the supply-chain constraints and how will they impact the market? We have a full panel of expert industry executives from across the entire rail equipment supply-chain that will address these issues and more.

As truck and rail capacity starts to tighten will this push more freight onto the rivers? If so, can the system handle additional demand? Joining us to discuss these issues and others will be major carrier and shipper executives who will share their insights and recommendations from their respective points of view.
Session Sponsorship Available:
 - Contact Clay Davis (cdavis@ftrassociates.com)

 

Commercial Vehicle Outlook
Commercial vehicle demand exploded in 2011 as truckers were looking to replace equipment. Orders have remained healthy and production levels are relatively high. Forecasts for commercial vehicle production seem to be all over the board. Hear from OEM’s, suppliers, investors, and industry analysts give their perspective on the market and where they see the industry heading over the next few years. If that wasn’t enough, these sessions will also explore equipment changes that are on the horizon to meet the new MPG standards.

These sessions will also explore the aftermarket business and the used truck business as these are good leading indicators for the direction of the equipment market. Not only will we hear the results of the “Fleet Sentiment” survey again this year but we will hear directly from the fleets themselves. Enjoy listening to a diverse group of truck fleets on their expectations of what they plan on buying in the future and why. These are must attend sessions for anyone wanting to understand the future direction of truck and trailer equipment sectors.

Session Sponsorship Available:
 - Contact Clay Davis (cdavis@ftrassociates.com)
Economic Outlook
Hear from one of the world’s foremost experts in economics. With the economy stuck in low gear it is hard to get some clear visibility on what the future will look like over the next several years. William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will help you navigate through the economic data and explain what it means regarding your business. What are the risks that you need to be looking for when it comes to growth in the economy? This is a session that you cannot afford to miss.

Session Sponsorship Available:
 - Contact Clay Davis (cdavis@ftrassociates.com)
 

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