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UK car output slows in July as production pauses for annual summer shutdown

By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 11:00

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Following its best half-year since 2008, the UK car manufacturing industry experienced a slower July, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Production in the month fell 11.2% against July 2014, as changes to holiday patterns meant the traditional annual shutdown started earlier at some plants.

July’s performance reflects the normal cyclical falls in output during the summer months, when seasonal shutdown programmes occur across the majority of manufacturers, providing an essential period for plant maintenance, upgrades and retooling.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Car production is traditionally subject to a degree of fluctuation during the quieter summer months with some manufacturers pausing production to invest in upgrades and prepare for new model launches, as well as to manage holiday leave. The industry remains in a strong position, with more than 911,000 cars produced so far this year and some significant new model introductions due in the autumn.”

Car manufacturing Jul-14 Jul-15 % Change YTD-14 YTD-15 % Change
Total 132,570 117,665 -11.2% 923,884 911,307 -1.4%
Home 29,589 22,500 -24.0% 195,444 211,098 8.0%
Export 102,981 95,165 -7.6% 728,440 700,209 -3.9%
% export 77.7% 80.9% 78.8% 76.8%

Car output – rolling year totals UK vs. home



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