According to the Society of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data released on Thursday, car production in the UK increased in June from the same period in 2020, but remains extremely low due to the global shortage of semiconductors.
In June, the production of cars amounted to 69,097 units, which is 22.1% more than in the same period last year.
Automakers produced 498,923 vehicles in the first half of the year, down 38.4% from the five-year average.
Global semiconductor shortages are forecast to negatively impact UK production targets of up to 100,000 units.
Despite the easing of the Covid quarantine restrictions, manufacturers are experiencing a huge shortage of personnel due to the fact that many British people continue to stay at home despite the lifting of the self-isolation regime. This is another obstacle to the recovery of the auto industry.
“The UK auto industry continues to be under pressure from the impact of the global pandemic, but despite a significant drop in production in the first half of the year, the sector has the potential to recover,” said Mike Howes, CEO of SMMT.