The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) says that UK engine manufacturing remained stable in 2018, with numbers down 0.3% to 2.7 million units.

Production for overseas plants reached a seven-year high with exports taking almost two-thirds of output.

‘These impressive export figures show the strong appetite worldwide for the high-tech, low-emission engines built in British plants and underline the exports-led nature of the industry,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘However, with fewer than 60 days to go until the Brexit deadline and ongoing uncertainty over the chances of agreeing a withdrawal deal, the future of this trade hangs in the balance.’

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