UK automotive engine production rose 1.5% in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

Some 209,886 engines were built, with new UK production facilities driving growth. According to the organization, the home market shows largest growth, up 14% to 89,998 units.

‘UK engine manufacturing remains strong with steady growth of 1.5% in the first month of the year, as new production facilities gradually increase volumes,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘The importance of overseas demand was also evident: despite a moderate decline in volume, output for foreign markets still accounted for more than half of total production in January.’

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