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CV manufacturers enjoy best monthly performance for seven years

Commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK grew by 49.1% in January 2019, compared to January 2018, new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests. 

SMMT said a number of large domestic orders and strong market incentives helped deliver the sector’s best January performance since 2012, with 9,182 vans, trucks, buses and coaches leaving production lines.

Demand from both domestic and export markets saw double-digit increases, up by 97.4% and 25.3% respectively. A number of large fleet orders in the small volume UK market resulted in the doubling of home output. However, overseas demand continued to drive volumes, with almost six out of every 10 (56.3%) CVs built in the UK destined for international customers — the majority (96.2%) within the EU. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “It’s good to see UK commercial vehicle manufacturing begin the year on a high, with strong market incentives ahead of model changes and a number of large fleet orders having a big impact on this small volume sector. 

“While domestic demand almost doubled in January, exports continued to account for more than half of output, the majority destined for the continent. This underlines the importance of securing a deal with the EU, our biggest customer, that maintains free and frictionless trade.”