Engine manufacturing doubles in a year

More than twice as many engines were manufactured in May compared to the same month last year.

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 116,639 units rolled out of factories last month.

However, May output was still down 47.6% on five-year average for the month.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “It’s no surprise to see exponential growth in engine production, as the pandemic subdued demand across key global markets last May. Despite the doubling of output this month, a recovery to pre-pandemic levels is still some way off as export volumes remain low and the industry is hindered by the global shortage of semi-conductors.

“As the UK approaches the end of the lockdown, it is vital that the government continues to support the industry for as long as is required, as production uncertainty is likely to remain at least until the end of the year.”