Car production jumps 9.3%

Car production jumps 9.3%

Car production in the UK rose by 9.3% in November compared to the same month last year, according to new research.

A total of 150,084 cars rolled off UK production lines in November, compared to 137,347 in the same month last year.

The growth was fuelled by an increase in export production of 10.8%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Year-to-date production of all cars stands at 1,472,835, up 3.8% on the first 11 months of last year.

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: "November's manufacturing gains are encouraging, and put the car industry in a strong position with one month left in the year.

"Particularly pleasing is the recent pick-up in export production, which is proof that despite challenges in some global markets, the UK continues to build cars that appeal to consumers across the world."

The news has provided a major boost the the UK's booming automotive supply chain, which has already benefited from further investment by both Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan in particular this year.

Paul Cadman, managing director of Oldbury-based Future Group which offers bespoke design, technical recruitment and prototyping for the automotive sector through its five companies, praised the news.

He said: “The latest figures are a final shot in the arm for the automotive sector his year and makes 2015 a very good period for car makers and the supply chain. 

“Better still, the SMMT is predicting two million vehicles to be produced by 2017. This is a 25% uplift and that growth could deliver a potential increase of £7bn to component suppliers.

“There is also a growing appetive to increase the percentage of UK manufactured content that currently sits at 36%…compared with 60% in Germany.

"Admittedly, there is a fair way to go, but there appears to be a willingness to make it happen from UK government and all levels of the supply chain.”