Production of heavy trucks hikes 15% in first nine months of 2018; exports grow 31%
Last September, production of heavy vehicles in Mexico was of 16,342 units, while exports totaled 13,790 units. If compared with the same month of 2017, these figures represent increases of 7.19 and 19.75%, respectively, according to data from the National Association of Buses, Trucks and Tractor Trucks Producers (ANPACT).
In the first nine months of the year, 129,795 units were manufactured, representing an increase of 15.06% compared to the same period of the previous year, when 112,799 vehicles were produced. Meanwhile, exports increased 31.25%, reaching a total of 110,131 units.
The executive president of the ANPACT, Miguel Elizalde, commented that “with these figures, the Mexican heavy vehicles industry confirms its export capacity and the quality of its products.”
“These figures are particularly positive, considering that 2018 was a year with a complicated international environment, due to the USMCA negotiations and a national environment of elections and transition. However, the heavy-vehicle industry broadly proved its potential,” he said.
In this regard, the official added that it is the ideal time to strengthen the domestic market and improve the conditions of motor transport in Mexico, through measures that allow the renewal of the fleet structurally and consistently.
For this, he said, it is essential to support the carrier, especially the small and medium, with green incentives, financing and professionalization.