UK automotive sector strengthens through November

14 December 2012

The UK’s automotive manufacturing has continued its strong performance throughout 2012 and improved once again in November.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that the industry saw production grow by 4.9 per cent over the course of November, which added to a 9.2 per cent rise over the year.

While overall manufacturing had increased, there was a slight decline in the production of engines, which dropped by 1.4 per cent over the past month, culminating in a 0.3 per cent fall year-to-date.

However, Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s chief executive, noted that the manufacturing sector had gone from strength to strength over 2012, but warned that it must not get complacent going into the coming years ahead.

“The global appeal of UK-built products is a key factor in the strength of our manufacturing sector, supported by world leading productivity and a dedicated and flexible workforce,” Mr Everitt added.

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