Engine production in the UK declined 99.5% in April 2020.
Engine production in the UK declined 99.5% in April 2020.

Engine production in the UK declined 99.5% in April 2020, as the Covid-19 lockdown halted manufacturing, the SMMT said.

Just 830 engines were produced in the month, down from 178,022, while production for domestic and overseas markets was down 99.9% and 99.4% respectively. 

‘The nationwide lockdown and closure of vehicle manufacturing plants across Europe and beyond has had an expected but devastating effect on engine production, with output all but wiped out in April,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘With markets and key factories starting to reopen, it’s crucial to encourage demand for new cars worldwide, which will in turn drive manufacturing and help reboot the UK economy.’

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