The latest SMMT figures for UK car production in May at least show encouraging signs when compared to 2020, but the industry is no less immune to the current global supply shortages than it was to the more direct effects of the pandemic felt last year. As this infographic shows, the recovery is far from complete.
Commenting on the developments, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "May’s figures continue to look inflated when compared to last year’s near total standstill of production lines. The recovery of car production is, however, still massively challenged here and abroad by global supply shortages, particularly semiconductors. If the UK is to remain competitive, therefore, it must ensure it has a globally attractive policy framework for both vehicle production and the supply chain. Accelerating zero emission car production is part of this package, so while 1 in 5 models made here this year is alternatively fuelled, we need to drive investment in R&D, charging infrastructure and the market to ensure we can deliver the net zero future society demands."