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Fifth Wheel Coupling System Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis By Product Type (Compensating, Semi-Oscillating and Fully-Oscillating Coupling), By Sales Channel (OEM and Aftermarket), By Operation (Hydraulic, Mechanical, and Pneumatic), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region :Global | Report ID: FBI108547 | Status : Ongoing



A fifth-wheel coupling, also known as a fifth-wheel hitch or fifth-wheel hitch assembly, is a device used to connect a semi-trailer to a towing truck or tractor. It is commonly used in the transportation industry for heavy-duty applications, such as long-haul trucking and commercial freight transportation. The fifth wheel coupling allows for articulation and pivoting between the towing vehicle and the trailer, enabling the trailer to maneuver with the truck. This articulation improves turning and maneuverability, especially in tight spaces or corners.

The demand for the fifth coupling is growing owing to its stability and load-bearing capacity, as it distributes the trailer's weight evenly on the towing vehicle. It allows for efficient transfer of the trailer's weight to the rear axle of the towing vehicle, enhancing stability and control during towing. They provide a reliable and secure connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer, enabling efficient transportation of heavy loads over long distances.

The growing global population, which is substantially boosting demand for goods from consumers, has mainly driven the fifth-wheel couplings market; moreover, a marked expansion of agricultural and industrial production industries has resulted in increased demand for transport sources. Therefore, the demand for large trucks equipped with fifth-wheel couplings is also increasing. The key factor driving the coupling market for fifth wheel is the cost-effectiveness of trailer haulage, in view of trailers' high load-carrying capacity.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Fifth Wheel Coupling System Market

The pandemic resulted in temporary closures and restrictions on manufacturing facilities and disrupted global supply chains. This led to production delays, components shortages, and logistical challenges.

Commercial vehicle sales as economic activities slowed down, travel restrictions were implemented, and businesses faced financial uncertainties. With fewer new commercial vehicles being purchased, the demand for fifth-wheel couplings, primarily used in commercial vehicles, may have decreased.

The pandemic had a significant impact on the global logistics and transportation industry. Many industries experienced disruptions in supply chains, reduced manufacturing activities, and lower consumer demand. This resulted in a decrease in freight transportation volumes, particularly for non-essential goods. Consequently, there may have been a reduced demand for new fifth-wheel couplings. However, As economies recovered from the pandemic and economic activities resumed, the commercial vehicle market rebounded. Governments worldwide implemented stimulus packages and infrastructure development plans, leading to increased demand for commercial vehicles and fifth-wheel couplings.


By Product Type

By  Sales Channel

By Operation

By Region

  • Compensating

  • Semi-oscillating

  • Fully-oscillating








  • OEM

  • Aftermarket

  • Mechanical

  • Hydraulic

  • Pneumatic




  • North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (India, China, Japan, South Korea and Rest of  Asia Pacific)

  • Rest of the World


Key Insights

The report will cover the following key insights:

  • Key Industry Developments – Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships

  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis

  • Technological Developments

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the fifth wheel coupling system market

Analysis by Sales Channel

The sales channel is segmented into OEM and aftermarket. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) segment in the fifth-wheel coupling market has witnessed robust growth in recent years. OEMs, which produce fifth-wheel couplings as integral components of new commercial vehicles, have seen increased demand driven by a growing global commercial vehicle market. Factors such as the expansion of logistics and transportation industries, rising international trade, and infrastructure development projects have spurred the need for new commercial vehicles, thereby boosting the demand for OEM-fitted fifth-wheel couplings. Additionally, advancements in fifth-wheel coupling technology, including improved safety features and compatibility with various vehicle models, have further propelled growth in this segment, making it a pivotal player in the market's expansion.

Analysis by Operation

The operation is segmented into mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic. Mechanical fifth-wheel couplings are the most prevalent in the market. These systems utilize mechanical linkages and locking mechanisms to provide a secure connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer. Mechanical systems are known for their simplicity, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. They are widely used in both light-duty and heavy-duty applications due to their robustness and ease of operation. Mechanical systems do not require additional power sources, making them straightforward and low-maintenance options.

Regional Analysis

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The Asia Pacific region is poised to lead the fifth-wheel coupling market in the next decade due to rapid industrialization, urbanization, and infrastructure growth. This surge has spurred demand for commercial vehicles like trucks and trailers, particularly for freight transportation, construction, and logistics. The region's expanding commercial vehicle sector drives the need for fifth-wheel couplings, crucial components in these vehicles. The rise of e-commerce and increased logistics and supply chain activities further boost demand for efficient freight transport. Extensive investments in infrastructure projects across the Asia Pacific region, such as road networks and railways, necessitate a robust transportation system, driving up the demand for commercial vehicles and, consequently, fifth-wheel couplings.

Key Players Covered

The report includes the profiles of key players such as SAF-Holland S.A, JOST Werke AG, Sohshin Co. Ltd, Fontaine Fifth Wheel, Tulga Fifth Wheel, RSB Group, Hunger Hydraulics Group, Titgemeyer Group, Foshan Yonglitai Axle Co. Ltd., Xiamen Wondee Autoparts Co. Ltd, and Land Transport Equipment.

Key Industry Developments

  • October 2022- Hyva introduced its towing devices as a new addition to its product lineup. The company unveiled Hyva Drawbar Couplings and Fifth Wheel Couplings, showcasing them at the IAA Transportation event in Hanover, Germany.

  • March 2021 – Jost Werke AG developed the new KKS automatic coupling system, which enables the driver to couple and uncouple the semi-trailer via remote control automatically, quickly, and safely.

  • November 2021- RSB Group Ltd revealed its plan to commence the production of auto components for electric vehicles at its Adityapur manufacturing facility.

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  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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