Best ever January for British engine production

Best ever January for British engine production

It has been a strong start to the year for British engine production in 2017, with output rising 12.0% to 235,076 units – the best January on record.

According to the SMMT, UK engine manufacturers recorded double-digit growth for export orders last month as global demand increased 16.5%.

The statistics also show that demand from the UK continues to rise, with production of engines for the domestic market growing 6.0%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "A record month in January is certainly a great start to 2017, and it is encouraging to see last year’s success in the domestic market continue.

"Double-digit growth in global demand for British-built engines is also welcome, highlighting the importance of international trade for this sector – and, critically, the need to maintain international competitiveness."