UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of 23.6% companied to August 2020.
UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of 23.6% companied to August 2020.

UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of 23.6% companied to August 2020, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported.

While demand from both domestic and export markets fell by 27.0% and 21.8% respectively, year-to-date engine manufacturing increased by 3.9% to 1,140,058 units compared to 2020.

‘Further declines in engine production in August are very worrying when viewed in context against last year, when lockdowns and depressed global demand stalled output,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘However, the worldwide shortage of semiconductors – itself caused by Covid issues globally - continues to throttle vehicle production, putting automotive jobs and livelihoods at risk.’

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