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British engine production hits record-breaking pace
UK engine manufacturing has surpassed the 1 million units produced-mark in April, for first time on record.
As well as being the highest April output on record, production rose by 17.3% compared to April 2017. The sector has also seen double-digit growth for exports, with overseas demand up 30.5% in April and 15.9% year to date.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It is fantastic to see Britain’s engine plants continue to break production records – a result of significant investment into R&D and facilities, and ongoing demand for the advanced low emission internal combustion engines of which the UK is a world leader. Driven by overseas demand, more than 60% of this output is destined for export so securing a deal that keeps trade flowing freely with our biggest partner, the EU, is paramount.”