This report covering articulated and rigid haulers provides five years of sales and production estimates while analyzing key components of the hauler market: imports and exports, market and technological trends, regional usage, and field population levels. The report profiles the major hauler suppliers and lists the companies’ latest product offerings.
Haulers are primarily used for off-highway applications in mining, quarrying, construction, and infrastructure projects. Although both rigid and articulated trucks can be used in all of the above applications, each truck tends to have its own niche, with rigid trucks being concentrated in mining and articulated trucks having a wider focus with more construction applications. Thus, each truck is subject to somewhat different market forces.
Our last two reports noted that the two different types of haulers were on divergent paths, with articulated haulers on a stronger footing than their rigid counterparts. Rigid haulers are strongly connected to the mining economy, and with decreasing commodity prices for metals and minerals, demand for these haulers began dropping significantly around 2012. Articulated haulers, on the other hand, benefited from increased demand from rental houses and an improving construction economy. This pattern of growing demand for articulated trucks and weakening demand for rigid trucks; however, broke down in 2015, as sales for both trucks declined. Furthermore, in 2016, the pattern reversed itself, as rigid haulers saw a small positive move in sales, while articulated hauler sales declined about x percent from 2015 sales.