Commercial vehicle output records best May since 2008

UK industrial automobile (CV) manufacturing grew 36.9% in Might as 10,813 new vans, buses, vehicles, coaches and taxis left British factories, in response to new figures revealed right now by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT).

The sector’s efficiency was the strongest in Might since 2008, surpassing its 10-year excessive for the month final yr, and marking the second consecutive month of rising output.1

Progress was pushed by manufacturing for export final month, with a major 48.1% rise within the variety of CVs shipped abroad, at 7,943 items. Greater than seven in 10 (73.5%) British-built CVs left UK shores – 93.6% of which have been exported to markets within the EU. Extra autos have been additionally constructed for UK operators, in the meantime, with volumes up 13.1% to 2,870 items.

Producers have made 46,927 items to this point in 2023, up 14.3% on the identical interval final yr, and a major 47.6% above that in 2019.2 Positively, Britain’s CV manufacturing volumes are resulting from enhance additional this yr, reflecting much less turbulent international provide chains and the launch of a brand new electrical van manufacturing plant.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Government, mentioned, “With ongoing development in demand for British industrial autos, notably from abroad markets, the sector is bucking difficult financial traits. That is excellent news and places the UK’s CV producers in a robust place to ship inexperienced development for the financial system and society. We are able to’t be complacent, nevertheless, and should make sure the UK stays a globally aggressive location for superior manufacturing – with measures nonetheless wanted to sort out our excessive value of vitality and to ensure that the UK has easy and sustainable buying and selling relationships all over the world, particularly with the EU.”

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