UK engine manufacturing exceeded the 1 million mark in April for first time on record according to data released by the SMMT.

Some 233,400 engines were made, up 17.3% on the same month of last year. In the first four months of the year, engine production stood at 1,013,456 units, 7.5% ahead of the same period last year.

April also saw strong growth in export allocation, with production for export up 30.5% in April (to 145,019 units) and 15.9% year to date (to 626,632 units).

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "It is fantastic to see Britain's engine plants continue to break production records – a result of significant investment into R&D and facilities, and ongoing demand for the advanced low emission internal combustion engines of which the UK is a world leader. Driven by overseas demand, more than 60% of this output is destined for export so securing a deal that keeps trade flowing freely with our biggest partner, the EU, is paramount."