DTNA emerging from pandemic woes with eyes on the future

August 20, 2020

After enduring the same COVID-fueled upheaval as many of its customers, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is on the road to recovery.

In an online media roundup Monday, DTNA president and CEO Roger Nielsen noted 2020 has been a “tough year” but the company is back to building trucks at pre-pandemic levels.

At the height of the pandemic in April, Nielsen said there were nearly 15,000 DTNA employees on furlough. However, those employees are back at work pushing out trucks and he noted the company has already started taking orders for 2021 builds.

Nielsen expects the North American heavy truck market to reach 310,000 vehicles this year, driven by replacement demand of fleet trucks purchased during a strong 2015 buying cycle.