Cars are flying off the assembly lines here in the UK, as August saw an increase of almost 40 per cent in production. The leap is compared to the same time last year. A total of almost 78,000 cars rolled off the line in August while commercial vehicles also saw a surge in completion. They rose by 22 per cent to 5,885. The total number of vehicles produced so far, is an impressive 892,672. This is an increase of 41.3 per cent over the same time last year. Right now, the sector’s output is much welcomed as few other industries within the UK are thriving.
Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive, commented on the industry, saying: “UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a strong manufacturing recovery.”
Also though, he added: “There are still significant challenges ahead and the Government must do all it can to encourage continued international investment in UK-based R&D, skills, plant and machinery.”
Exports made a noticeable difference last month, with Honda, Land Rover, Nissan and Mini numbers surging over 50 per cent, with strong demand from customers in the US and China. The SMMT also mentioned that domestic demand for new cars was maintaining a healthy pace.
Everitt also remarked about the optimism felt about moving forward, saying: “We are moving in the right direction and also seeing more vehicle manufacturers wanting to increase the sourcing of parts in the UK.”
Figures do show significant improvements to last years results, and production levels remain much lower than those before the recession. The number of cars built in 2007 reached more than 1.5 million.