UK engine production down 12.7%

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The UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that engine production in the UK declined 12.7% year on year in the first six months of 2022. Total output was 812,397 units compared to 930,400 over the same period in 2021.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said. “The global shortage of semiconductors continues to wreak havoc on the production of vehicles and, in turn, engines, with manufacturers operating in a highly challenging economic environment.

“To ensure the UK is an attractive place to invest, however, key competitiveness issues such as business costs, not least energy, must be tackled to safeguard the skilled jobs that make a huge contribution to the British economy.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently he is responsible for content across UKI Media & Events' portfolio of websites while also writing for the company's print titles.

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