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The Independent

Improve in automotive manufacturing as business returns to progress



UK automotive manufacturing returned to progress final month however continues to be properly beneath pre-pandemic ranges, new figures present.

A complete of 69,524 vehicles have been in-built October, a rise of seven.4% on the identical month a 12 months in the past, stated the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The rise adopted a fall in September, which got here after 4 consecutive months of progress, which the SMMT stated illustrated how provide chain turbulence, particularly world chip shortages, continues to have an effect on UK automotive producers.



UK automotive makers are doing all they will to ramp up manufacturing of the most recent electrified automobiles, and assist ship internet zero, however extra beneficial circumstances for funding are wanted and wanted urgently

Mike Hawes, SMMT

Exports of the most recent quantity, luxurious and specialist fashions drove final month’s output, with greater than eight in 10 vehicles made heading abroad, equal to 56,469 models, whereas 13,055 vehicles have been turned out for the home market.

Export progress was led by rising shipments to the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Turkey though nearly all of vehicles (54.9%) heading abroad went to the European Union, stated the SMMT.

UK manufacturing of battery electrical (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HEV) automobiles rose once more, with mixed volumes up 20.3% to 24,115 models.

Within the 12 months thus far, UK automotive factories have produced a report 61,339 BEVs, up 16.2% on the identical interval in 2021.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief government, stated, “A return to progress for UK automotive manufacturing in October is welcome – although output continues to be down considerably on pre-Covid ranges amid turbulent part provide.

“Getting the sector again on observe in 2023 is a precedence, given the roles, exports and financial contribution the automotive business sustains.

“UK automotive makers are doing all they will to ramp up manufacturing of the most recent electrified automobiles, and assist ship internet zero, however extra beneficial circumstances for funding are wanted and wanted urgently – particularly in reasonably priced and sustainable vitality and availability of expertise – as a part of a supportive framework for automotive manufacturing.”

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