Exports drive UK engine manufacturing growth in May

British engine manufacturing rises again in May, up 5.1% to 242,391 units.18.7% growth in production for export offsets -12.4% decline in domestic demand.Six in 10 UK-built engines now shipped to global car plants, with 779,809 exported year-to-date. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s great to see yet another month of growth for Britain’s engine factories, which, thanks to previous investment into new facilities and product, continue to fulfil global demand for their high-tech low emission engines.With almost two thirds of output destined for car plants across the world, the majority in Europe, it is vital government acts to safeguard the free and frictionless trade that has driven the sector’s success. That means securing a deal which retains the benefits of the single market and membership of the customs union.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more