Just like here in Australia, commercial vehicle sales, particularly trucks, are on the up and that’s bringing good results for local manufacturers.
In the UK however, a lot of the extra demand for UK-built commercial vehicles is coming from export markets, particularly Europe.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data shows that in July commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK increased by 12.8% compared to the same month last year.
In total, 7,331 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in Britain last month.
While commercial vehicles produced for the home market fell 5.8% in the month to 2,729 units, production for export markets jumped ahead 27.8% to a total of 4,602 vehicles.
Year to date, commercial vehicles built for export in the UK grew 3.4%.
The five biggest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the UK are Vauxhall, Leyland Trucks, Alexander Dennis, Dennis Eagle and Wrightbus.
There’s also a Cummins engine plant in the UK, along with other heavy vehicle brands building trucks and buses in Britain such as Optare.
In total, more than 186,000 people are now employed in the UK vehicle manufacturing industry.
“Global appetite for the high-tech, ultra-low and zero emission vehicles we produce is driving demand, so it is crucial we secure the right conditions for future trade with our biggest market, the EU.”
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