Engine demand declines home and abroad

Automotive engine production declined 12.7% in the first six months of 2022.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers, 812,397 units were produced in the first half of the year.

Year to date, engine exports have declined 9.7% while production for the domestic market dropped 16.4%.

The SMMT is urging businesses in the sector to focus on reducing costs, including energy costs, to remain competitive and protect jobs.

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.”