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Drop In Engine Production In August

October 6, 2021 by mti

It is concerning to read that the production of engines in the UK fell in August 2021 when compared with the same month last year according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) especially bearing in mind that last year we were in the middle of the pandemic.

In August this year the number of engines built amounted to 81,266 whereas in August 2020 the figure was 106,398. That is a drop of 23.6%. Of that figure for August 2021, 27,797 were built for the home market and 53,469 built for the export market.

On a year to date basis to August 2021, the number of engines manufactured here in the UK amounted to 1,140,058 compared to 1,097,732 for the same period last year– a rise of 3.9%. Of those 1,140,058 engines built, 483,945 were manufactured for the home market and 656,113 were built for the export market.

 One of the reasons that engine production has fallen is due to the semi-conductor shortage. Let us hope that suitable action is taken to sort this out.

Whilst writing, it is also disappointing to read that the production of commercial vehicles in the UK fell in August 2021 when compared with the same month last year. In August this year there were 3,179 commercial vehicles built compared to 4,902 in the same month last year – a drop of 35.1%. There were 1,124 built for the home market in August 2021 compared to 2,356 in August 2020 – a drop of 52.3% and 2,055 built for the export market compared to 2,546 – a drop of 19.3%. Again, one of the reasons for the reduction was due to the shortage of semi-conductors.

On a year to date basis to August 2021 there were 43,122 commercial vehicles built compared to 36,476 for the same period to August 2020 – a rise of 18.2%.

We will continue to keep our readers up dated with statistics relating to the motor trade industry.


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