UK Commercial Vehicle Manufacturing Down -1.9% in November as Sector Calls for Swift Resolution to UK-EU Trade Talks

November's Commercial Vehicle Production in the UK

UK commercial vehicle production dips -1.9% in November with 8,605 units built. Overall decrease driven by -8.8% exports decline, while production for UK rises 10.1% as sector works to meet ecommerce-driven demand. Industry calls for quick resolution to Brexit negotiations as 94.1% of all UK CV exports head to EU in first 11 months of the year. 

November Sees a Drop in CV Manufacturing  

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing decreased -1.9% in November, with 8,605 units rolling off production lines, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). While output for the domestic market rose 10.1%, with logistics and CV operators working flat out to meet growing demand for online deliveries, it failed to offset an -8.8% decline in exports, equivalent to a loss of 490 units, as stricter coronavirus restrictions closed off entire parts of key economies. 

After production all but ground to a halt earlier in the year, output for the first 11 months is now down -16.1% to 59,539 units, with UK factories producing 11,419 fewer buses, coaches, vans, trucks and taxis than in the same month last year. Year-to-date, this loss comes at around an £825 million cost to the UK commercial vehicle sector. 

94.1% of all commercial vehicle exports have been destined for EU markets so far this year, reinforcing the urgent need for negotiators to deliver a Brexit deal that ensures free and fair trade for manufacturers and helps restore business confidence. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “While growing consumer demand for online deliveries has driven a need for new vehicles in the UK, ecommerce alone is not enough to make up the industry’s exports shortfall, even in the run-up to the year’s busiest retail period. A resurgence in coronavirus cases and the increasing fear of a ‘no deal’ Brexit as negotiating time runs out are already taking their toll, and we now, urgently, need an agreement with the EU that guarantees ongoing zero-tariff trade in order to allow the sector to recover and get back to long term growth.” 

About the author

Charlotte Nahon is the Communications and Digital Executive for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2018, Charlotte has been in the Digital and Communications sector, working in Canada as well as Spain. Her degree is in Communication Studies from the University of Ottawa, and ever since graduating she has been writing for multiple sectors including automotive, energy, education, pharmaceuticals and more. 


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