UK engine manufacturing sees growth in October

UK engine production rose in October, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Data shows that 263,141 engines were produced last month, compared to 229,456 in October 2016 – a rise of 14.7%.

In total, 126,626 units were produced for the home market in October 2017, compared to 100,226 in the same month last year – a rise of 26.3%. Meanwhile, 136,515 units were produced for the export market, compared to 129,230 in October 2016 – a rise of 5.6%.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes says: “Today’s figures are further evidence of massive investment into UK engine R&D and production in recent years, allowing more British vehicle plants to source locally. However, for the sector to attract future investment and trade competitively with customers and suppliers across Europe – still its biggest market – government must act to safeguard the trading conditions we currently enjoy.”