- UK commercial vehicle manufacturing up a fifth in April, with more than 7,000 units produced.
- Exports demand continues to drive output, up 28.5% to take 70.9% production share.
- Year-to-date production remains down, with 26,551 CVs produced so far this year.
UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing increased by almost a fifth (19.0%) in April 2018, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT). 7,299 CVs were built in Britain last month as a rise in overseas demand boosted production.
Production for export in the month increased by 28.5%, with more than seven in 10 CVs destined for international markets. Meanwhile, demand from domestic fleets remained stable, up 0.9%, with 2,124 vans, trucks and buses produced for UK customers.
Year-to-date production figures remain down, falling -10.2% on 2017, with manufacturing for both domestic and overseas markets declining -21.1% and -4.3% respectively. However, in line with the monthly figures, exports continue to account for the lion’s share of production, at 68.8%.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,
While it is positive to see an increase in CV production, given the fluctuating nature of fleet buying cycles, caution is advised when making month-by-month comparisons. However, today’s figures highlight just how dependent the industry is on production for export, particularly to the EU – our largest customer. If we are to see future long-term growth, government must negotiate the right Brexit deal to ensure our mutual trade remains free and free flowing.