- UK engine manufacturing declines -9.5% in September as UK demand falls by double digits.
- Production for export drives demand, up 8.9% in the month and 14.6% in first three quarters.
- Year-to-date output surpasses 2m units with volumes up some 60,000 on the same period in 2017.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,
Given September’s drop in output from UK car plants, it’s no surprise to see engine production follow suit. Preparation for tough new emissions tests, model changes and operational restructuring have all played a role, and today’s figures, which also show healthy exports growth, highlight our reliance on global demand for our advanced, low emission powertrains. To ensure this sector continues to break records, maintaining free and frictionless trade is imperative.