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British engine production falls as virus and Brexit dent manufacturing

by LLB Editor
24th Dec 20 11:48 am

A total of 189,883 UK engines were built in November as output declined by -8.2%, according to the The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Production for domestic and overseas markets fell -7.8% and -8.4% respectively while engine output has declined in every month of 2020, with year-to-date output down -28.2%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The eleventh consecutive month of decline for UK engine production is extremely concerning, and while the coronavirus pandemic has been the overriding cause, a lack of clarity on trade with the EU and other markets has also played a role.

“With now just nine days until the end of the transition period, we urgently need a deal agreed that guarantees tariff-free trade for all automotive goods from day one. Without it, recovery in 2021 will be nigh on impossible, with severe consequences for the sector, jobs and the wider economy.”

 

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