Road trip: The ageing population and rising tourism have supported demand for RVs

Operators in the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing industry produce items for several markets, including commercial vehicle manufacturers, recreational vehicle (RV) dealers and road freight operators. Traditionally, motor vehicle body manufacturers have relied on downstream demand from consumers for locally manufactured passenger vehicles. However, such demand has declined significantly over the past five years as domestic carmakers scaled back production before ceasing operations in 2017-18. In contrast, an ageing population has stimulated demand for new RVs, and the growing number of baby boomer retirees purchasing RVs has benefited the industry more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising domestic freight volumes have boosted demand for freight trailers over the past five years
  • RV manufacturers have benefited from an ageing population over the past five years
  • A lack of economies of scale due to low production could increase per-unit production costs
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing industry exhibits moderate capital intensity due to the significant mechanisation involved in the manufacturing process. For every dollar paid as wages in 2018-19, industry operators expected to spend $0.13 on capital investment. The discrepancy between wages and depreciation expense is due to the high labour input involved in finishing industry products. Firms require additional labour input for fitting accessories to trailers, caravans and other products. Furthermore, many caravans are custom-built, which causes large-scale mechanised plants to be uncommon in the industry. The industry manufactures fewer than 25,000 RVs each year, and this low production volume results in low compared with the overall automotive industry...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing are:

  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Development of new products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from road freight transport and International travel to Australia in the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators manufacture motor vehicle bodies, recreational vehicles (such as caravans) and trailers. Operators also carry out vehicle modifications involving permanent changes to bodywork using existing engines and chassis.

    Industry Products
  • Motor vehicle bodies
  • Tent and camper trailers and caravans
  • Motor vehicle trailers
  • Campervans and motorhomes
  • Industry Activities
  • Boat trailer
  • Caravan and RV
  • Horse float
  • Motor vehicle conversion
  • Stock crate
  • Trailer
  • Car, truck and bus body
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from road freight transport
  • International travel to Australia
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Real household discretionary income
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle New Parts Wholesaling
  • Trailer and Caravan Dealers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Gold and Other Non-Ferrous Metal Processing
  • Metal Coating and Finishing
  • Nut, Bolt, Screw and Rivet Manufacturing
  • Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Tent and camper trailers and caravans
  • Motor vehicle bodies
  • Campervans and motorhomes
  • Motor vehicle trailers
  • Chart: Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Trailer and RV dealers
  • Commercial vehicle manufacturers
  • Parts wholesalers
  • Household consumers
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Profit
  • Other Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Jayco Corporation Pty Ltd, MaxiTRANS Industries Limited,
  • Table: Jayco Corporation Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: MaxiTRANS Industries Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Australian Design Rules (Adrs)
  • National standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions.
  • B-Double
  • Two trailers incorporating one specialised trailer and one semi-trailer, which is often mounted on larger trucks rather than smaller trucks.
  • B-Triple
  • Similar to B-doubles but made up of three instead of two trailers.
  • Grey Nomads
  • Retired couples or solo travellers who travel around Australia in caravans and motorhomes as a lifestyle choice.
  • Recreational Vehicle (Rv)
  • Generally used as homes and for travel at the same time. Examples include caravans and motorhomes.
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