UK Car Manufacturing Plummets In April As Brexit Shutdowns Hit Hard
A press release from the SMMT on the 30th May states that UK car production fell by 44.5% in April with 56,999 fewer units built in an extraordinary month. It went on to say that manufacturing for home and overseas markets was down, by 43.7% and 44.7% respectively.
Year to date manufacturing performance shows an underlying downward trend, with April being the 11th consecutive month of decline, due largely to slowing demand in key international markets, including the EU, China and the US, as well as at home. In the year to date, 127,240 fewer cars have been built compared with the same period in 2018 – a decline of more than a fifth (22.4%) – with similarly large percentage falls in production for the UK and export. The SMMT repeated its call for urgent action to end the Brexit deadlock and prevent a ‘no deal’ devastation.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Today’s figures are evidence of the vast cost and upheaval Brexit uncertainty has already wrought on UK automotive manufacturing businesses and workers. Prolonged instability has done untold damage, with the fear of ‘no deal’ holding back progress, causing investment to stall, jobs to be lost and undermining our global reputation. This is why ‘no deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently, so industry can get back to the business of delivering for the economy and keeping the UK at the forefront of the global technology race.”