UK engine production declines 40% in March as coronavirus hits output


The UK engine production industry took a 40% hit in March, as the coronavirus lockdown drastically impacted the entire sector.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “These figures show the significant impact of coronavirus-led shutdowns on automotive plants across the UK, with the closure of markets worldwide affecting the entire sector.

“However, attention is now turning to the safe restart of vehicle production, which, providing the end-consumer is ready, will drive engine demand. We need government support and coordination, however, to implement a clear plan for all for so that the industry can get back to delivering for the UK economy again.”