- UK engine manufacturing down -1.9% in September, as demand declines at home and internationally.
- Year to date performance lags -7.4% behind 2018 with orders from British plants suffering biggest fall.
- More than six out of 10 UK-built engines shipped overseas, highlighting importance of frictionless trade.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,
Continuing Brexit uncertainty and the ongoing threat of ‘no deal’ – a threat that will remain until we have our new trading relationship with the EU agreed and implemented – have left automotive manufacturers unable to plan for the long term. Securing an ambitious future relationship with the EU that maintains free and frictionless trade with our key export markets remains critical to provide stability and ensure the future competitiveness and success of this vital sector.