July UK car manufacturing continues growth trend

  • UK car manufacturing grew 7% in July, with sites across the UK making 128,873 units.
  • Year-to-date volumes up 1.9% to 893,263 units
  • Home market demand up 37.5% in month to support new plate change in September

“Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth with a 7% rise in July, supporting a 1.9% increase in the year so far,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base.”

 

Car manufacturing Jul-12 Jul-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 120,391 128,873 7.0% 876,507 893,263 1.9%
Home 21,017 28,895 37.5% 151,819 191,649 26.2%
Export 99,374 99,978 0.6% 724,688 701,614 -3.2%
% export 82.5% 77.6% 82.7% 78.5%

CV manufacturing output falls in July

  • Commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 11.8% to 7,942 units in July, although export demand strong with 20.3% increase in the month.
  • Year-to-date levels show fall of 13.3% during the first seven months of 2013 to 56,459 units.

“Commercial vehicle manufacturers continue to battle against weak demand, despite a moderate increase in exports in July,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “The outlook for commercial vehicle manufacturing for the rest of the year continues to be tough, especially following the closure of the Ford facility in Southampton at the end of July. However, there are some areas, such as  bus and coach production, where we are continuing to see growth as operators take advantage of the wide range of vehicles built in the UK.”

 

CV manufacturing Jul-12 Jul-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 9,004 7,942 -11.8% 65,100 56,459 -13.3%
Home 4,362 2,358 -45.9% 26,270 26,232 -0.1%
Export 4,642 5,584 20.3% 38,830 30,227 -22.2%
% export 51.6% 70.3% 59.6% 53.5%

UK engine production rises 26.4% in July

  • UK engine manufacturing rose 26.4% in July to 232,545 units.
  • Over 1.5 million engines made in the UK so far this year, with 11.6% increase for home market supporting UK car and CV manufacturing sites

Engine manufacturing Jul-12 Jul-13 % Change YTD-12 YTD-13 % Change
Total 183,948 232,545 26.4% 1,520,227 1,552,543 2.1%
Home 70,267 94,061 33.9% 554,544 618,741 11.6%
Export 113,681 138,484 21.8% 965,683 933,802 -3.3%
% export 61.8% 59.6% 63.5% 60.1%

 


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