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Vehicle manufacture increased in January

By: Elizabeth Smythe
23 February 2011

January saw an increase in the number of vehicles produced in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has said.

According to information released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the production of cars increased by 8.9 per cent, year on year, totalling 110,179 units.

This was further boosted by a 104.8 per cent increase in the number of UK vehicle sales.

Engine output increased by 12 per cent, whilst the manufacture of commercial vehicles reached 9,967. This may please those working for a logistics consultancy, as experts think this is an encouraging sign for the industry as a whole.   

SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt, quoted on rac.co.uk said: "UK automotive manufacturing made a flying start to 2011 despite tough economic conditions.''

"The encouraging figures demonstrate ongoing growth in global demand for the high-quality vehicles and engines manufactured in the UK at some of the world's leading sites.''

"Automotive is leading the manufacturing revival, but to ensure this positive trend continues, the Government must prioritise UK manufacturing through a supportive tax system, plus sustained investment in skills, research and development and capital equipment."

CILT goes on to report that the sector also experienced a 28.8 per cent jump in January on the number of UK produced vehicle exports.

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