UK car manufacturing hits annual high

enginemfg300UK car and engine manufacturing output has increased again although commercial vehicle production continued its downward trajectory.

According to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), domestic demand supported the biggest monthly increase in UK car manufacturing this year with output in October rising 17.4% to 160,854 units. So far this year, 1,286,287 cars have been produced, a rise of 5.4% on the same 10 months last year.

Manufacturing for the home market was up significantly at 52.4%, while export growth was strong at 11.4%. Around 50% of UK car exports go to Europe and after months of decline, EU demand showed signs of improving and has now recorded two consecutive months of growth.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said, “More than 15 brands build 50-plus models of car across the UK with volume and niche offerings providing a wealth of choice for our home and export markets. With European demand showing early signs of recovery, we expect production to continue positively in the coming months.”

Engine production also enjoyed a strong month with growth of 6.5% to 254,480 units, pushing output for the year over the two million mark to 2,172,775 engines built in 2013 – a steady 2.4% growth.

Commercial vehicle manufacturing, however, continued to slide in October with 7,825 CVs produced, a decline of 33.8%. Output for 2013-to-date is down 19.9% to 75,484 units.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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