2010 UK automotive turnover rise

A recent study by a motoring society has revealed that Britain's automotive manufacturing sector saw a turnover rise in 2010.

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) experienced a 20% increase in turnover to £49 billion last year.

Before the recession period, the number of vehicles produced in the UK rose 27.8% to volumes.

The year 2010 witnessed a 31% increase in the export of vehicles, while the industry also reduced the amount of energy used in manufacturing. For every vehicle built, there was a 10.5% reduction in CO2 emissions.

According to the figures, in 2010 there was 9% increase in the number of new apprenticeships in the sector.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "We are making significant steps towards creating a globally competitive UK automotive sector, while keeping an eye on improving our environmental credentials to ensure a strong, long-term future for the industry.

"Manufacturing is vital to a rebalanced economy and cleaner, greener processes will support the transition to a low-carbon future."

He went on: "Automotive continues to attract major international investment, create high-value jobs and cut its environmental impact but the UK must continue to compete on a global platform to secure future growth."

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