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UK CV production up again in August

28 September 2023 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grows 8.6% in most productive August since 2012.
  • 6,660 units leave factories in August, pushing year-to-date volume 62.2% above pre-pandemic levels.
  • CVs made for the domestic market up by 24.4%, while exports fall slightly, down -2.0%.

British commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grew 8.6% in August as 6,660 units rolled out of UK factories, according to new figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The best August volume for 11 years continues the positive trend, with a fifth consecutive month of rising CV output as manufacturers strive to deliver the latest, greenest models to operators.

Increased output was driven primarily by UK demand, up 24.4% to reach 3,066 units, while exports declined by a marginal -2.0% to 3,594. Despite this, British CV manufacturing continues to be export led, with 54.0% of all output heading overseas last month. The majority of these exports (91.8%) were shipped into the EU – highlighting the importance of stable, tariff-free trade with the bloc to ensure the sector continues to deliver long-term economic growth and well-paid jobs, and to attract further investment to the UK.

In the year to date, UK CV manufacturing has reached 74,188 units, a rise of 14.4% on 2022 – rounding off the best first eight months to a year since 2011 and some 62.2% above pre-pandemic levels1. Exports have driven this impressive growth, up 23.0%, with 46,789 units exported representing 63.1% of everything made.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

2023 has been a success story for British commercial vehicle production, with robust demand from operators in the UK and overseas. With new electric van production now coming on stream, the immediate future is positive and we expect volumes to grow still further this year.

To secure future investment, however, we need regulatory and trade certainty, not least a UK-EU agreement to delay tougher rules of origin that would damage competitiveness across the Channel. With the tougher rules due to commence in less than 100 days, time is of the essence.

Notes for Editors

1 January-August 2011: 76,980 units; January-August 2019: 45,740 units.

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