Truck Equipment

Monday, September 9th

2024 CONFERENCE ATTENDEES CAN EXPECT:

  • Economic and freight outlooks and forecasts focused on the key factors impacting truck and trailer sales in 2025

  • 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 2025 and beyond. An analysis of the key indicators and trends impacting the Class 8, commercial trailer, and medium-duty market

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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.

 

ATTENDEES CAN EXPECT:

  • Economic and freight outlooks and forecasts focused on the key factors impacting truck and trailer sales in 2024

  • 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 2024 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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Truck Equipment Agenda

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Sunday, Sept. 10, 5:30 PM - Evening Reception
Location: Grand Hall Bar, Union Station
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 - Welcome
9:00 AM - The Economy and Its Impacts on the Commercial Vehicle Market

The economy certainly has changed greatly over the past year, but uncertainty has hardly evaporated. This session offers FTR's assessment of key trends in the macro-economy, what distortions from the pandemic remain, and how all of these factors might affect freight demand and the need for commercial vehicles.

Presenter: 
Avery Vise, FTR

9:30 AM - FTR's Outlook for the Class 8 Market

Building off of the economic and freight dynamics put forth in the prior session, this session will lay out FTR's assessment of the Class 8 market, including a recap of current orders, backlogs, and production. We will explore the outlooks for shipments and retail sales in the coming year. Just as important, we will delve into the key risks that might lead to a stronger or weaker market.

Presenter: 
Eric Starks, FTR

10:15 AM - Emissions Rules and the Commercial Truck Industry

Commercial truck manufacturers and their customers are facing a plethora of changes related to emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants not only from the Environmental Protection Agency but also from the California Air Resources Board and from other states that adopt California’s regulations. This session will review the status of these changes and how they might affect truck technology and purchasing in the years to come.

Presenter:
Sean Waters, Daimler Trucks North America

 

10:45 AM - Networking Break
11:00 AM - FTR's Outlook for the Trailer Market

Longstanding driver productivity challenges and more recent developments such as shifts in distribution strategies and constraints due to labor and parts availability have propped up demand for trailers. Will a slowing economy finally mean a downturn for the market?

Presenter:
Eric Starks, FTR

11:30 AM - An Equity Analyst's Perspective on the Class 8 Outlook

Hear a leading Wall Street analyst's views on where the market for Class 8 trucks is headed during the year ahead.

Presenter:
Matt Elkott, Cowen

12:00 PM - Lunch Sponsored by NTDA
1:00 PM - CV Keynote: Göran Nyberg, Navistar

Göran Nyberg, Navistar's executive vice president of commercial operations, will share his insights into the commercial truck market gained through more than two decades of senior executive positions with multiple truck OEMs in both North America and Europe. 

Presenter: 
Göran Nyberg, Navistar

Moderator:
Eric Starks, FTR

1:30 PM - Update on North American Intermodal Equipment Market

One consequence of U.S. trade policy over the past several years has been expanded opportunities for North American suppliers of intermodal chassis and containers. This session will explore how that market has developed so far and where it might go in the years ahead.

Presenters:
Sean Kenney, Hyundai Translead
Eric Starks, FTR

2:00 PM - Used Trucks: When Will We See Stability?

Extraordinary freight demand and a limited supply of new trucks, sent used truck prices soaring in 2021, but the market began to correct in a major way by mid-2022. This session explores whether the big swings are behind us and where the used truck market is heading as 2024 approaches.

Presenter: 
Chris Visser, J.D. Power

2:30 PM - Networking Break
2:45 PM - Perspectives from Fleet Executives

Executives with leading fleets will discuss a host of pressing and longer-term issues in equipment management, including how pandemic disruptions have affected purchasing, maintenance, and lifecycles; how emissions regulations factor into their long-range planning; and how they view emerging technologies such as electric powertrains and autonomous driving systems.

Panelists:
Kirk Altrichter, Kenan Advantage Group
Stacy Earnhardt, Best Logistics Group

Moderator: 
Avery Vise, FTR

3:30 PM - FTR's Outlook for the Medium-Duty Truck Market

The medium-duty truck market saw major stresses during the pandemic with demand surging on the heavy end of final mile but production was constrained as manufacturers shifted scarce semiconductors and other components to Class 8 production. With both supply and demand stabilizing, what does the future hold for Class 4 through 7?

Presenter:
Eric Starks, FTR 

5:30 PM - Evening Reception

Location: Grand Hall Bar, Union Station

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Truck Equipment Speakers

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Kirk Altrichter EVP, Fleet Services, KAG
Stacy Earnhardt VP, Asset Management & Specialized Services, Best Logistics Group
Matt Elkott Vice President, TD Cowen
Sean Kenney CEO, Hyundai Translead
Göran Nyberg EVP, Commercial Operations, Navistar, Inc.
Eric Starks Chairman of the Board, FTR
Jonathan Starks CEO & Chief Intelligence Officer, FTR
Avery Vise Vice President, Trucking, FTR
Chris Visser Sr. Analyst & Product Manager, J.D. Power
Sean Waters VP, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Daimler Trucks North America

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