Production of heavy trucks in Mexico hiked 21% in August, exports soared 30%
Last August, producers of heavy trucks established in Mexico manufactured 18,244 units, representing an increase of 21.8% over the same month last year, reported the National Association of Producers of Buses, Trucks and Tractor Trucks (ANPACT for its acronym in Spanish).
If these figures are added to those of the previous seven months, it results that from January to August there were 113,453 units built, a figure that compared to the 97,554 vehicles produced during the same period of 2017 represents an increase of 16.3%. However, compared to 2015, the best year the industry has had, there were 17,830 less units, or a decrease of 13.6%.
As for exports, those were of 15,026 units in August, an increase of 30.5%, while from January to August they performed a growth of 32.54% to 96,341 units. When compared with the record figures of 2015, exports took a drop of 13.19%, equivalent to 14,647 units.
Given these figures, the executive president of ANPACT, Miguel Elizalde, commented that “the heavy vehicles industry has proven to be an export industry that complies with the highest quality standards and with the highest safety and environmental criteria”.
Elizalde stressed that “the commercial and heavy vehicle industry in Mexico is a reference worldwide. We are the first exporter of tractor trucks, fourth exporter of heavy vehicles and sixth producer of heavy goods vehicles. Our products boost transportation, mobility, logistics and international competitiveness”.
Therefore, he added, “we believe it is necessary that carriers, users and the general population of Mexico, experience the benefits of a more modern fleet.” For that end, he said, it is necessary to implement measures that allow those vanguard units that are produced to export, to also circulate in Mexico and thus achieve a modern transportation system that is safe, friendly with the environment and competitive.