UK automotive productivity is up 208% since 1999, according to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 

Automotive manufacturing in the UK had a turnover of £82 billion in 2018, an increase of 70% since in 1999, the organization said. The value of exports has also grown, with 81.5% of cars produced in 2018 destined for international markets compared with 63.9% in 1999.

According to the SMMT, rhe UK automotive sector is one of the most efficient in Europe, outperforming the EU average with regards to energy, CO2 and water. The average new car CO2 output has fallen 31.2% since 1999, while NOx emissions have been cut by 84% since the turn of the millennium and exhaust particulate matter virtually eliminated.

‘Sustainability lies at the heart of the UK automotive sector and manufacturers are committed to balancing profitability and output with social and environmental responsibilities,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Industry has invested heavily in ever safer, more efficient technology, but in processes and measures that have significantly reduced its environmental impact. We are on the cusp of a transport revolution and this sector has the potential to be one of the world’s leading forces driving the change.’

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.