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November sees British manufacturing hit 17-year high

Friday 23 December 2016, By Autovolo

November sees British manufacturing hit 17-year high

November sees British manufacturing hit 17-year high

British car manufacturing hit a 17-year high last month, with almost 170,000 cars produced.

Not since 1999 have so many cars been built in a single 30-day period, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

November’s production meant year-to-date volume overtook 2015’s output with a month of the year left to go, passing the 1.6m mark.

Production for the domestic market was up 14 per cent compared to November 2015, while the amount of cars built for export grew 12.5 per cent.

Such growth has been a trend this year, with exports growing 11 per cent overall and domestic demand up 4.2 per cent.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Made in Britain is a badge coveted by car buyers worldwide, and these latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars.

“These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years, but which will continue only if we can maintain the competitive trading conditions that have enabled the UK to become an automotive success story.”