UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing volumes rose last month, with output growing 13.8% to 7,748 units, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The home market drove output, with demand up almost a quarter, while production for export also enjoyed substantial gains, putting the overall sector up by 2.7% in the year to date.

The news comes as European commercial vehicle markets reported a 17th month of growth as the region continued its economic recovery.

‘It’s good to see UK commercial vehicle manufacturing performing strongly in May which puts it on track for a positive 2016,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘The commercial vehicle market is linked to economic confidence in the UK and Europe, with 88% of UK-built CV exports shipped to the continent last year. For this performance to continue, we need to ensure we maintain free access to our main markets as well as pursuing new global opportunities.’

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