|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.
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.