Australian Recreational Vehicle (RV) production statistics
released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia tell a story of
recovery and growth in the Australian auto-manufacturing sector.
This comes as good news to an auto industry still reeling
from the decisions of the three big car manufacturers – Toyota, Holden and Ford
– to cease local manufacturing operations by 2017.
New 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 in a statement.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia is currently
advocating to the government on the issue of changes to Australian Design
“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.”