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U.S. Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Aftermarket to Exceed $12 Billion in 2010

A new study from The Freedonia Group shows that the U.S. aftermarket for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) truck components and parts is projected to increase at an annual rate of 3.9 percent, exceeding $12 billion in 2010. Some segments of the market such as electronics and emissions controls are expected to experience faster growth.

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CLEVELAND, OH — A new study from The Freedonia Group shows that the U.S. aftermarket for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) truck components and parts is projected to increase at an annual rate of 3.9 percent, exceeding $12 billion in 2010. Some segments of the market such as electronics and emissions controls are expected to experience faster growth.

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Aftermarket revenue growth will result from both the expected increases in the overall truck parc and strong U.S. economic performance over the next five years, according to the group’s study. Growth will be constrained by product improvements made by the original equipment manufacturers of MD/HD vehicles. As new trucks replace old, demand for maintenance- and overhaul-related parts and components will decelerate. However, new exhaust emissions control systems — especially those mandated for diesel engines — will provide new opportunities for MD/HD suppliers, as new technologies are added to the mix and resulting higher underhood temperatures place greater stress on engines and related components.

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The largest product category in the aftermarket will continue to be mechanical products, which include non-electric/electronic engine hard parts and chassis, drivetrain and suspension parts and components, Freedonia reported. However, growth will be limited by the improved quality of these already highly durable products, as well as by the expected purchase of new vehicles over the next five years, which will reduce the overall MD/HD park’s age and repair requirements.

Electronic parts and components will witness the highest annual growth, a direct result of the continued transformation of MD/HD trucks from mechanical machines with electronic enhancements into software-driven devices, according to The Freedonia Group. Demand for electronic controls and modules will be strong, as will continued demand for telematics-related fleet management equipment. However, overall growth is expected to decelerate somewhat due to improving quality. Replacement rates for electrical parts will remain relatively stable, with some categories seeing demand suppressed due to new technologies such as highly durable light emitting diode (LED) lighting. Finally, growth in the exterior and structural parts category will dip slightly below average due to improved truck safety trends and resulting expected lower accident rates.

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For more information about Freedonia Group, visit: www.freedoniagroup.com.

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