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Car manufacturing shows strong improvement

23 Jul 2015

The UK’s car manufacturing industry has shown significant improvements to production rates in the first six months of 2015, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

793,642 more cars were produced in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, an increase of 0.3%. This is a production rate of three cars per minute.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said: ‘The sector is way ahead of the game on productivity, with investment in efficient, high-tech manufacturing processes and a highly skilled workforce resulting in huge gains over the past decade’.

He continued: ‘This success has been built on significant industry investment and has also relied on a positive relationship with government’.

The Government has released figures showing that car manufacturing in 2014 achieved £100,000 in value added per employee, another step towards the goal of long-term economic recovery.

Demand for exports is believed to be driving this increase, with demand for cars in the UK falling by 7.1%.