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UK engine production declines -99.5% in April as coronavirus lockdown halts manufacturing

29 May 2020 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • Just 830 engines produced in April, down from 178,022, as UK output declines -99.5%
  • Production for domestic and overseas markets down -99.9% and -99.4% respectively.
  • Small number produced at month end ahead of some automotive plants restarting in May.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

The nationwide lockdown and closure of vehicle manufacturing plants across Europe and beyond has had an expected but devastating effect on engine production, with output all but wiped out in April. With markets and key factories starting to reopen, it’s crucial to encourage demand for new cars worldwide, which will in turn drive manufacturing and help reboot the UK economy.

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