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UK manufacturing of commercial vehicles increased 9.8% in November (compared to the same month a year ago) as export production grew 43.5%.

Factories produced 785 more units in November than in the same month last year (8,768 units compared to 7,983) with the SMMT saying that the increase was partly due to the ramp up of key new model production.

Exports accounted for 63.2% of total production in November 2019, compared to 48.4% in November 2018.

Leyland Trucks factory, Lancashire

According to the latest figures from the SMMT overall commercial vehicle manufacturing is down 9.3% in the 11 months of 2019 compared to the same 11 month period in 2018.

So far this year 70,918 CVs have been produced (compared to 78,163 in the same period in 2018) with nearly 6 in 10 (41,210 compared to 46,580) shipped overseas. Overall export volumes are down 11.5% year-on-year while domestic volumes are down 5.9%.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “It has been a turbulent year in the commercial vehicle sector, with political and economic uncertainty contributing to a drop in demand, especially from UK fleets.

“Operators need stability and confidence to invest so industry looks forward to working with the new government to help deliver an ambitious EU trade deal, which is tariff free, avoids barriers to trade and includes regulatory alignment,” he said.