Vehicle and engine production lead manufacturing recovery

UK automotive manufacturing up

Car production is leading the recovery in the manufacturing sector, according to a leading motor society.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that car and engine production in the UK increased last month, although there was a slight decrease in commercial vehicle manufacturing.

A total of 111,983 cars were produced last month - a 15.1 per cent increase on the February 2010 figure and a 12.0 per cent rise over the January-February total for 2010.

Engine production increased by 10.2 per cent on the February 2010 total, and by 11.1 per cent over the year-to-date.

Although commercial vehicle (CV) production at 9,923 cars was down by three per cent in February, it remained up 2.6 per cent over the first two months of 2011.

Cars and CVs together made up a 27.4 per cent rise last month in the number of vehicles made for export.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "UK vehicle and engine production continue to lead a manufacturing recovery.

"The increase in export demand highlights the strength and competitiveness of UK products. Next week's Budget will be crucial in creating the conditions for further investment in skills, research and development, and capital equipment - all essential for growth and maintaining global competitiveness.”

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