New production figures leading way up for Australian auto-manufacturing

< Date: 01 December 2014

Australian RV production statistics released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia tell a story of recovery and growth in the Australian auto-manufacturing sector.

Australian RV production statistics released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia tell a story of recovery and growth in the Australian auto-manufacturing sector.

New Recreational Vehicle (RV) production statistics for September show a year on year growth of 9.8 percent, compared to September 2013, and overall production for 2014 is 5.1 percent higher than it was in 2013.

Since 2008, RV registrations have increased by 21.6 percent (528,869 up from 414,469).

These numbers demonstrate that the Australian auto-manufacturing industry is alive and well in the world of RVs.

“The strength of the caravanning and camping industry in Australia is undeniable,” said Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

“The manufacturers are a big part of what makes our industry strong, and contribute to the growth and future of the industry in Australia.”

In the context of failed car manufacturing in Australia, RV production’s increases are a beacon of hope to auto-manufacturing in Australia, and to Australians in the manufacturing field. It is a sign that these jobs and skills won’t become extinct on our shores.

General Manager for Industry Development, Compliance and Accreditation, David de Heus says Australian manufacturing has changed, and will continue to adapt and grow into the future.

“Australians are optimistic and adaptable. Their RV needs have changed, and so have the technologies and processes involved in Australian RV manufacturing,” de Heus said.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia is currently advocating to the government on the issue of changes to Australian Design Standards.

“The Australian Design Rules for the construction of RV’s for Australian conditions are some of the toughest in the world, and it’s important that products being supplied to the market continue to meet these standards,” said Lamont.

“With deregulation of the Government’s agenda, it is important that consumers purchasing products in our industry are supplied with products that are able to stand up to the rigours of the Australian landscape.”

“Maintaining a strong manufacturing workforce is also of concern,” Lamont said.

“We need to ensure that Australia doesn’t lose the skills of auto manufacturing, and that job growth continues in this sector, rather than being pushed overseas. RVs that are made in Australia, and comply with our rigorous design regulations, are the best products for use in Australia’s unique environment and conditions.”