Truck makers deliver glad tidings of great export joy
By: Dave Robbins
22 December 2016
British commercial vehicle manufacturers are delivering a Christmas cracker of a finish to 2016.
November figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), just before the big winter break, showed that 9,669 vans, trucks, buses and coaches rolled off the production line – a 9.7% increase on 2015.
Particularly noteworthy was the export market performance. In fact 75% of the industry’s output was snapped up by eager foreign buyers, with Continental Europe providing a big boost to the surge in demand. To date, during 2016, 88,323 commercial vehicles have been built in the UK, slightly ahead of last year. However, November’s strong numbers have already taken UK commercial vehicle exports past the total for 2015.
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Writing in the SMMT’s weekly online update, Nigel Base, the SMMT’s Commercial Vehicle Manager said: “Undoubtedly there will be challenges to come as a result of Brexit. It’s difficult to predict what the next twelve months will hold; air quality and vehicle emissions are likely to remain at the top of the agenda. But the whole industry goes into 2017 in a very strong position.”