Sometimes, it’s all too easy to fall into the perception that the headlines are always negative – especially when considering British industry. That however is clearly not the case when it comes to engines. UK engine manufacturing has surpassed the 1 million mark in April for first time on record!
This is the highest April output on record, which sees production rise 17.3% in the month. I’m sure we can all agree that this is a fantastic step forward for the rightly proud and highly skilled workers across all areas of the automotive industrial/manufacturing sector.
Even more impressive is the double-digit growth for exports, with overseas demand up 30.5% in April and 15.9% for the year to date. There probably aren’t that many industries that can boast such impressive growth, so it’s great news. This is no doubt in part due to the success of smaller, low emission engines that are being produced on our shores.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It is fantastic to see Britain’s engine plants continue to break production records – a result of significant investment into R&D and facilities, and ongoing demand for the advanced low emission internal combustion engines of which the UK is a world leader. Driven by overseas demand, more than 60% of this output is destined for export so securing a deal that keeps trade flowing freely with our biggest partner, the EU, is paramount.”
The figures in the image above are courtesy of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).