UK Car Manufacturing Hits Seven Year High

British car manufacturing has hit a seven-year high in the first half of this year, the industry's trade body has reported.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 793,642 cars rolled off production lines between January and June – up 0.3% on the same period last year and the equivalent to three cars built every minute.

Analysts believe the sector is leading the way on productivity with figures indicating that the sector achieved £100,000 in value added per employee in 2014 compared with £74,000 in 2010 – a rise of nearly 35%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said the figures showed that the UK's investment in high-tech manufacturing had paid off "This success has been built on significant industry investment and has also relied on a positive relationship with government, essential if the industry is to maintain its international competitiveness."

Interestingly production for export is up by 9.0% year on year and currently outperforming that for the domestic market which is down by 7.1%.

By Tracey McBain