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New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that UK car production is at the highest half-year level since 2008 – encouraging news for the UK economy.

Between January and June, 793,642 cars were manufactured showing an increase of 0.3% compared to the same half-year period in 2014.

June figures also indicate production for export is up 9.0%, this is currently exceeding the level of vehicles produced for the UK which dropped by 7.1%.

*Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "The sector is ahead of the game on productivity, with investment in efficient, high-tech manufacturing processes and a highly skilled workforce resulting in huge gains over the past decade.

"This success has been built on significant industry investment and has also relied on a positive relationship with government, essential if the industry is to maintain its international competitiveness."

*Source: http://www.smmt.co.uk/2015/07/best-half-year-for-uk-car-manufacturing-since-2008-as-productivity-accelerates/

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