Automotive manufacturing continues to fall in the United Kingdom – nearly 100,000 fewer automobiles had been constructed within the first 3 months of this 12 months than there have been a 12 months in the past.
Production declined by means of nearly a 3rd within the first quarter because the trade struggles with the worldwide scarcity of semiconductors and different elements, figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Investors confirmed.
In all, 207,347 new vehicles had been constructed all over the primary quarter, down from 306,558 in the similar 3 months in 2021, when pandemic restrictions had been in position.
Manufacturing in March fell to 76,900 from 115,498 remaining 12 months – the weakest March for the reason that monetary disaster in 2009.
Seven in 10 vehicles made in the United Kingdom in March had been constructed for export, with the EU taking essentially the most, adopted by means of the United States and China, the SMMT stated.
Exports to the United States fell by means of 63.8%, whilst exports to the EU declined by means of 24.5%.
Manufacturing for the United Kingdom marketplace larger by means of 4.3%.
Mike Hawes, leader government of the SMMT, stated, “Two years after the beginning of the pandemic, automobile manufacturing remains to be struggling badly, with just about 100,000 gadgets misplaced within the first quarter.
“Restoration has no longer but begun and, with a backdrop of an increasingly more tough financial atmosphere, together with escalating power prices, pressing motion is wanted to offer protection to the competitiveness of UK production.
“We would like the United Kingdom to be at the leading edge of the transition to electrified automobiles, no longer simply as a marketplace however as a producer so motion is urgently wanted if we’re to safeguard jobs and livelihoods.”