Commercial truck production in the UK was up sharply in May, in large part because of a surge in export sales. Increased European demand in May helped fuel a 69.4% in exports. Half of all commercial vehicles produced in the UK so far in 2015 have been built for export.
A total of 6,808 vans, trucks and buses were made in Britain last month, up 32.8% from May 2014, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Data for the first five months of 2015 further demonstrate a manufacturing resurgence, with production volumes up by almost a quarter, a total of 38,872 units.
U K manufacturers built 3,098 trucks for domestic consumption, a 5.5% increase.