The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that 157,623 auto engines were manufactured in in June, 0.6% more than in June.

June 2021 output was down 0.9% on the five-year average for the month, the organization said. While first-half production rose 15.3%, it remains 31.5% below pre-pandemic levels.

‘[I]t has been a challenging first half year, with engine output struggling to recover to pre-Covid levels,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘The global shortage of semiconductors has hit vehicle manufacturers, and in turn engine production, with firms now also having to battle staff shortages due to workers being ‘pinged’.’

This story uses material from the SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.