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Exceptional rise for April UK engine production

27 May 2021 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • UK factories made 129,691 engines in April, up on last year when just 1,147 were produced.
  • April 2021 output is down -22.9% on five-year average for the month.1
  • Year-to-date output rises 10.4% to 665,195 units, driven by increased production for the domestic market, but is still down on five-year average.2

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

April engine production was always going to be up, as last year factory operations ceased amidst the height of the first lockdown. The sector, however, is a long way off a full recovery and engine output levels remain significantly lower than before the pandemic. It is now imperative that a strategy is implemented to support UK engine manufacturing competitiveness, including measures to help companies transition to producing next generation powertrains.

Notes to editors

1 2015-2019 average for April is 168,257 units
2 Year-to-date volumes are down -23.7% below five-year average of 871,607 units

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