30 May 2015

UK Car Engine Production By Maker : 1999-2014

BMW Engine Assembly at Hams Hall c. Birmingham, UK

Whilst car making gets the headlines, there is more to the car industry. R&D is a big contributor too, with JLR, Ford and Nissan for example taking advantage of UK expertise in that area. Engine making doesn't have the value that cars do but still add much to the economy.

The UK is a popular location to make engines, especially for Ford, They have two large plants in England and Wales. In 2014, 64% of all car engines were made by Ford. Nissan made 12%, while Toyota and BMW 9% each. Honda made the most of the rest with 5% of the total. I must say I find the volatility of recent BMW production hard to fathom.

Less car manufacturers make engines in the UK than they did a decade ago, but the numbers have held up well, due to increase production for those that do. True, numbers fell away during the economic problems a few years back but have since made most of that up since then. Nearly 40 million car engines have been made in the UK in the last 15 years. The figures below are in thousands.

Year Ford Nissan Toyota BMW Honda VW MGR L Rov GM Total
1999 1,051 275 100 - 108 - 240 200 75 2,049
2000 1,155 316 133 - 63 - 230 200 75 2,172
2001 1,163 301 160 70 109 - 219 210 75 2,307
2002 1,191 256 351 154 160 - 204 220 138 2,674
2003 1,214 281 420 125 180 - 200 250 100 2,770
2004 1,303 272 580 146 188 8 114 47 12 2,670
2005 1,157 282 427 181 146 10 30 17 - 2,250
2006 1,355 212 438 217 191 9 - - - 2,422
2007 1,659 119 345 367 248 10 - - - 2,748
2008 1,752 113 297 371 204 8 - - - 2,745
2009 1,430 109 89 362 60 4 - - - 2,054
2010 1,640 106 114 385 137 5 - - - 2,387
2011 1,702 136 128 434 97 8 - - - 2,505
2012 1,555 268 124 385 154 9 - - - 2,495
2013 1,528 266 200 408 140 10 - - - 2,552
2014 1,533 279 227 226 119 11 - - - 2,395
Tot 22,388 3,591 4,133 3,831 2,304 92 1,237 1,144 475 39,195

Data source: SMMT.

In the fifteen years listed here, nearly 40,000,000 engines have been made*.  JLR has just opened its own plant but as the engines were from Ford, that will not change total volume, just shift it around. 

*It excludes truck engines, which I have incomplete figures for.

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