Engine production key to UK automotive sector

Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

Engine manufacture is set to play an important role in the future of the British automotive sector according to SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

The statement comes following the trade body’s announcement that engine production has remained steady in 2015 despite a dip in April volumes.

Hawes said: “Engine manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in the UK automotive sector in the future.


“More than £1bn has been invested by manufacturers in building the next generation of new low-emission Euro-6 petrol and diesel engines in British plants, and we anticipate this will lead to increased output as these investments are realised.”

SMMT has also reported strong export demand from a European market that continues to recover, as well as, billion pound investments in UK engine manufacturing poised to be realised in the near future.

May’s output of 202,156 units represented a 7.1% year-on-year decrease, but only a 2.5% drop on March.

Home demand generated 65,692 units, decreasing by 11.1% year-on-year. Exports were down by 5.0% to 136,464 but the EU market continues to recover.