The recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturing industry in Australia has experienced continued growth, as evidenced by the release of strong 2022 figures by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA).
The sector’s 2022 manufacturing and import numbers showed nearly 50,000 new registrations, with 28,031 units produced locally and 20,498 units imported.
This marks the highest rate ever of new RVs entering the Australian market and is directly attributed to the strong domestic demand for RV travel and the country’s desire to reconnect with its beautiful landscapes, according to a press release.
Exports of RVs from Australia also recorded a record high, with 9,568 units shipped, marking a 229.93% increase from the previous year.
This highlights the high regard for Australian-made RVs, which are known for their toughness and suitability for the rugged terrain of the country.
CIAA CEO Stuart Lamont attributes the continued growth of the RV manufacturing sector to the affordability and accessibility of RV travel, especially for families.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry was able to pivot and mobilize, and now that labor and supply chain interruptions have minimized, the sector continues to see strong output, particularly from local manufacturers.
Looking towards the future, the industry is not resting on its laurels and is actively exploring new ways to innovate and transition to a low-emissions environment and a tighter economic climate.
Despite uncertainties and rising inflation, the RV and camping industry remains optimistic and is looking forward to building on the AU$27 billion worth of annual economic value it brings to the Australian economy.
The strong 2022 figures released by the CIAA further fortify the position of the RV manufacturing sector as one of Australia’s largest remaining bastions of automotive manufacturing.
The industry is well positioned to continue serving the growing demand for RV travel and is committed to maintaining its position as a key contributor to the Australian economy.