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Business Briefs: Trailer Producers Booked through End of Year, Black Hawk Helicopter Contract Extended, Going the Last Mile

July 19, 2022
A new roundup detailing those stories and a massive shortfall for a program intended to strip the U.S. communications network of equipment from Chinese suppliers.

A quick take on news from many industries from IndustryWeek parent company Endeavor Business Media’s many publications.

At AviationPros, editors detail GKN Aerospace’s and Sikorsky’s contract extension to supply high-tech composite parts to keep Black Hawk military helicopters flying.

Trailer orders fell in June, but the industry had been expecting that as most producers had already closed their order books as capacity to build more units is full through the rest of the year, Trailer/Body Builders reports. Analysts say 2022 is shaping up to be a record year for long-haul trailer systems.

Cristina Commendatore, editor-in-chief of our partner publication FleetOwner, details changes to tires needed to support all of those Amazon, UPS, FedEx and private parcel delivery trucks crowding the roads these days.

Last year, the FCC ordered communications networks to replace equipment made by Chinese manufacturers Huwei and ZTE and replace it with routers and switches from more-trusted providers. The agency offered $1.9 billion to fund the transition, but editors at Lightwave say that won’t be nearly enough. The FCC now says the replacement program need another $3 billion.

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