- UK engine manufacturing rises 20.0% in November, with 250,879 units produced – the highest on record.
- Domestic demand fuels growth, up 36.1% in the month and surpassing one million in the YTD for the first time.
- Overall year-to-date output reaches 2.4 million – a 7.7% uplift on the first 11 months in 2015.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,
November’s surge in demand for UK-built engines is good news, and thanks to billions of pounds of recent investment in new plants to serve Britain’s booming vehicle manufacturing sector. However, although domestic supply is growing rapidly – up some 70% since records began in 20091 – overseas demand still accounts for more than half of production. If this important sector’s growth is to continue, the right trading conditions must be maintained to keep the whole industry internationally competitive.