Truck Equipment

Monday, Sept.12th (Evening Reception)
Tuesday, Sept. 13th 

From sessions to networking, we impact your decision-making

Pent-up demand has been propping up the industry for over a year now as trailer builders, suppliers, and OEMs have been forced to navigate disrupted supply chains, labor shortages, and continued pricing pressure resulting from sky-high commodity costs.  This comprehensive day of coverage will feature presentations from prominent industry executives as well as exclusive forecasts powered by the FTR Freight•cast™ forecasting methodology.  You'll leave with a heightened awareness of the potential upside and downside risks of the current market and how to navigate when you see the changes developing.



  • Economic and freight outlooks and forecasts focused on the key factors impacting truck and trailer sales in 2023

  • Gain an understanding of important regulations and emerging technologies that will impact the industry in the coming years. Includes a review of vital environmental issues

  • Executive Keynote discussions to get insights on the market and technologies directly from knowledgeable industry executives

  • An update on the current and future conditions in the used trailer market and the current state of the truck and trailer dealers

  • A deep dive into FTR’s Commercial Vehicle forecasts for 2023 and beyond. An analysis of the key indicators and trends impacting the Class 8, commercial trailer, and medium-duty market

Monday Agenda

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September 12th

12:00 PM - Registration Opens

Grand Hall Lobby, Union Station

Hours: 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

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Tuesday Agenda

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September 13th

6:30 AM - Indy Canal Run/Walk

Start your day off right with a 3 or 5-mile run, or a 2-mile walk down the Indy canal. A great time to enjoy the beauty of Indianapolis and engage with your colleagues. Participants also receive a complimentary running shirt.

8:45 AM - Economic Expansion: Understanding Fundamentals Supporting Equipment Demand

We kick off the conference with a look at how the economy is affecting the commercial vehicle market. How does the coming year look for key sectors of the U.S. economy? What risks lie ahead that could mean sharply stronger or sharply weaker growth? And what will all of this mean for the freight dynamics that ultimately dictate market conditions for manufacturers and suppliers?

Eric Starks, FTR

9:15 AM - Metal Markets: The Hard Facts on the Fundamentals

Dig in deep on steel and other markets as we cover the sourcing, production, and strategies that go into moving metal and things made of it. Understand the risks involved and learn what impact these markets have had on supply chain impacts.

Bobbie Bell, Commercial Metals Company
Eric Starks, FTR 

9:45 AM - Commercial Vehicle Class 8 Equipment Outlook: The FTR Perspective

The supply bottlenecks have held back Class 8 production for an extended time. What are the challenges and opportunities looming in 2023, as production accelerates to catch up with demand?

Don Ake, FTR 

10:15 AM - Trailer Industry Challenges and Opportunities

There are new entries, new opportunities, and new challenges in the commercial trailer industry. An OEM representative discusses growth opportunities in this new environment.

David Giesen, Stoughton Trailers

10:45 AM - Networking Break
11:00 AM - Climate’s Control: Commercial Vehicles and Environmental Regulation

The 2020 election fundamentally shifted the landscape for environmental regulation of commercial vehicles. What changes have already taken effect and what is on the agenda for the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board?

Mike Tunnell, American Trucking Associations

11:30 AM - Commercial Vehicle Trailer Outlook: The FTR Perspective

Trailer demand has been robust but has been constrained by parts and component shortages since November 2020. Can OEMs satisfy all the pent-up demand in 2023?

Don Ake, FTR

12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - CV Keynote: Completing the Circuit on Electric Trucks

Freight transportation stakeholders globally are trying to read the tea leaves regarding the commercialization of electric powertrains for commercial vehicles. Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, senior partner for research firm Roland Berger's global commercial vehicle, construction, and agricultural business, will outline where things stand with battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and when and where we can expect to see EVs in large numbers.

Wilfried Aulbur, Roland Berger

1:45 PM - Perspectives from the CV Customer

Trucking fleets are struggling with a host of equipment-related issues that are converging. Strong freight demand and a tight supply of drivers have made renewing truck fleets more urgent than ever as truck production still lags. Meanwhile, high fuel costs have fleets looking for efficiency options in an uncertain marketplace. Hear how some leading fleet managers are dealing with these issues.

Paul Higgins, Prime Inc. 

Avery Vise, FTR

2:15 PM - An Equity Analyst Perspective on the CV Outlook

Although some fundamental drivers of commercial vehicle demand and production are universal, different perspectives can help paint a richer picture of the CV industry. Hear a leading analyst's views on where the CV industry is going in the year ahead.

Jeff Kauffman, Vertical Research Associates

2:45 PM - Networking Break
3:00 PM - Used Trucks: Finding Equilibrium After the Storm

Explosive demand and limited supply, spiked prices to all-time highs for used trucks. Now the market has to balance out the factors going forward. See where we are currently and where we are headed in 2023. 

Chris Visser, J.D. Power

3:30 PM - Commercial Vehicle Medium-Duty Outlook: The FTR Perspective

Medium-duty trucks were greatly impacted by the growth of e-commerce for larger items. Learn what market drivers with impact delivery and work truck demand in 2023.

Charles Roth, FTR 

4:45 PM - Women in Truck Transportation Reception

FTR is excited to announce its Women in Transportation Networking Receptions. FTR’s VP of Client Services, Helen Lile, will host an informal reception for women, allowing attendees the chance to connect and engage with other female leaders in the transportation industry. Each reception will take place before the evening reception for attendees.

5:30 PM - Evening Reception: Sponsored by Atlantic Logistics

Location: Grand Hall Bar, Union Station

Truck Equipment Speakers

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Truck Equipment Speakers

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Don Ake Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, FTR
Wilfried Aulbur Sr. Partner & Global Head, Commercial Vehicles, Roland Berger
Bobbie (Bell) Alexander Sales & Marketing Manager - Trailer OEM Products, CMC Impact Metals, CMC Impact Metals
David Giesen Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Stoughton Trailers, LLC
Paul Higgins Purchasing Representative, Prime, Inc.
Charles Roth Commercial Vehicles Analyst, FTR
Eric Starks Chairman & CEO, FTR
Jonathan Starks Chief Intelligence Officer, FTR
Mike Tunnell Director, Energy & Environmental Affairs, American Trucking Associations
Avery Vise Vice President, Trucking, FTR
Chris Visser Sr. Analyst, J.D. Power

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