British engine manufacturing down nearly a quarter in April

Following yesterday’s report on declining car production in the UK for April, it comes as no surprise that UK engine manufacturing has followed a similar decline. The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Motor Traders (SMMT) shoe fall of 23.4% as UK car plant Brexit shutdowns affect demand. Production for home and international markets are down -41.1% and -12.8% respectively.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “April’s engine figures show the impact of Brexit upheaval across the supply chain. With summer shutdowns at many British car factories brought forward to try to counter the anticipated effects of a 29 March Brexit – a deadline now moved – demand for British-built engines understandably dropped. UK Automotive needs stability and, given its dependency on global demand, we need to secure a favourable Brexit deal that maintains free and frictionless trade with our key export markets and restores confidence, fast.”

SMMT Car production report can be found here.

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