UK engine production rose 31.7% in March 2021 compared with March 2020.
UK engine production rose 31.7% in March 2021 compared with March 2020.

UK engine production rose 31.7% in March 2021, compared with March 2020, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

As well as this, output for domestic and overseas markets increased 50.4% and 19.9% respectively. However, performance in first quarter was still down 11.1%, with 534,793 engines manufactured. 

‘These figures must be set in context as output in March 2020 was severely impacted by the on-set of the coronavirus pandemic, which closed factories,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘UK engine production in the first quarter is down and the immediate outlook remains challenging. […] It’s critical, therefore, that measures are taken to support UK automotive manufacturing competitiveness in the months ahead.’

This story uses material from the SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.