UK Auto Production Up 1.2% in January image

Last month 129, 049 vehicles were manufactured in the UK, an increase of 1.2% compared with January 2012.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, production has increased 15.6% in January 2012 compared with January 2011 and 1.2% last month compared with January 2012, even if several automakers extended the festive breaks into January.

“UK car manufacturing grew modestly in January when output is typically subdued as manufacturers extend holiday periods to upgrade plants and retool for new models,” said SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton.

On the other hand, commercial vehicle production dropped 20.5% to 7,822 units and SMMT said that CV sales are to continue to fall the entire 2013, as Ford has decided to scale back its manufacturing. Engine production also dropped last month 5.1% to 219,757 units.

“Despite ongoing economic challenges, growing demand for UK-built products in emerging global markets coupled with major new investment is paving the way for a positive year for automotive manufacturing,” added Mike Baunton.

At the end of 2012 Ford announced it will close two plants in the UK, the assembly plant in Southampton and stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham, besides the Genk plant in Belgium. Ford Europe’s restructuring plan also includes “relocating production of key products for a more efficient manufacturing footprint, significantly improved plant utilization and work force reductions”.

Car manufacturing

Jan-12

Jan-13

% Change

YTD-12

YTD-13

% Change

Total

127,550

129,049

1.2%

127,550

129,049

1.2%

Export

106,190

102,111

-3.8%

106,190

102,111

-3.8%

Home

21,360

26,938

26.1%

21,360

26,938

26.1%