Australian caravan production hits 30-year high

Caravan production in Australia has hit a 30-year high for the first part of 2021, with the number of units manufactured in the country up an estimated 15 per cent compared to the start of 2020. There are more than 750,000 caravans and motorhomes registered in Australia and an impressive 90 per cent of these have been built in Australia – a poignant stat, given that it was recently Australian Made Week.

Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia, said: “The caravan manufacturing sector is the largest remaining bastion of automotive manufacturing in Australia with 25,000 units built per year in Australia.

“Despite factory shutdowns for large parts of 2020, the industry continues to grow and is experiencing a boom. February manufacturing data indicates the strongest start to a year on record with 3,628 units built in the first two months of 2021, a 15 per cent increase from 2020, and the highest level of local production in over 30 years.”

The caravan industry in Australia contributes more than AUS$ 23billion annually to the Australian economy and has extensive local supply chains that involve more than 6,000 businesses across manufacturing, dealerships, servicing, repair and tourism (caravan and holiday parks).