December 2, 2021

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UK car output halved as chips shortage bites

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, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsNew Delhi: British automotive production more than halved in May compared with the same month in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, as a global shortage of semiconductors and other components continued to weigh on car plants.

The output of 54,962 cars was down 52.6% from May 2019 although it was 10 times the figure for May 2020 when Britain was in the grip of a first coronavirus lockdown, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said the recovery of production faced a massive challenge in Britain and beyond because of the supply shortages.

“If the UK is to remain competitive, therefore, it must ensure it has a globally attractive policy framework for both vehicle production and the supply chain,” he said.

Speeding up zero-emission car production had to be part of Britain’s strategy, he said.

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