Reported online by Car Dealer Magazine . The SMMT have reported that car makers are facing ‘very tough’ conditions as June’s production figures are revealed to be the lowest since 1953 bar last year.
Nearly a third of workers in some automotive firms are self-isolating, adding to the ‘very tough’ conditions facing the industry, the SMMT said today (Jul 29). The industry body made the stark declaration as it revealed that UK factories built just 69,097 cars last month – the worst June total since 1953 apart from Covid-affected June last year. Production was hit by a double whammy of workers having to self-isolate, which caused staff shortages, coupled with the worldwide semiconductor shortage.
The industry has faced a ‘turbulent’ six months as a result of the pandemic, new trading rules with Europe as well as supply issues, it said. A total of 498,923 cars rolled off production lines in the first six months of 2021 – down by 38 per cent on the five-year average – which was a loss of 311,160 cars worth more than £8.5bn, said the SMMT.
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For the SSMT report please click here https://www.smmt.co.uk/2021/07/staff-and-supply-shortages-threaten-uk-car-production-revival/