UK CV Manufacturing Almost Completely Halts in April

CV-Manufacturing

UK commercial vehicle (CV) production fell -99.3% in April, with just 15 units leaving production lines, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As plants were forced to close their doors due to the global pandemic, only a handful of commercial vehicles left factory gates to complete existing orders, all destined for the UK market, with zero exports in the month. 

UK Production of Commercial Vehicles Falls by 99.3%

Year-to-date commercial vehicle production fell -27.6% on what was already an exceptionally weak April in 2019, when volumes fell a staggering -70.9% due to planned factory shutdowns timed to mitigate any disruption arising from the anticipated March Brexit.

Although vehicle production was halted in April as key global markets closed, many manufacturers continued to make spare parts and offer repair and maintenance services to help keep essential vehicles on the road and supply chains moving throughout the crisis. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “These figures, though unprecedentedly low, are not surprising given the exceptional circumstances. However, they do illustrate the incredible challenge facing the UK commercial vehicle sector and, consequently, the wider economy. Production lines are beginning to roll again but, with strict social distancing measures in place, scaling up to full capacity will be a gradual process. To accelerate a sustainable recovery of this critical and fundamentally strong industry and futureproof jobs, we will need government’s ongoing support.”

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

Contact: richard.wilson@retreadingbusiness.com

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