UK car production volumes fell to lowest level since 1950s: SMMT

On Thursday, a trade industry body in Britain said, in July 2021 car production in the country has fallen to its lowest level since 1956; the global shortage of semiconductors as well as a shortage of staff because of the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on the industry.

Last month, production volumes have dropped by an annual 37.6% to 53,438 vehicles, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Last month with COVID-19 cases seeing a rise, hundreds of thousands of people were being “pinged” by the National Health Service’s contact-tracing app and instructed to self-isolate, although it has since been tweaked to reduce the numbers contacted.

“While the impact of the ‘pingdemic’ will lessen as self-isolation rules change, the worldwide shortage of semi-conductors shows little sign of abating,” said Mike Hawes SMMT’s CEO.



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