Engine production stutters in 2021

UK automotive engine production by more than 10% last year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

It found that just over 1.6 million units were produced, representing a decrease of 10.8% on 2020 figures. Meanwhile, in December output was down by more than a quarter.

Production for domestic and overseas markets fell 3.6% and 15.4%, respectively.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “2021 represented another challenging year for UK engine manufacturers with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt output. The global shortage of semiconductors, in particular, hit car and van production and in turn demand for engines. There is hope that the sector can recover in 2022 as vehicle volumes rise again, however, action is needed to combat rising energy costs, supply chain shortages, while long-term we must continue to upskill our manufacturing workforce to produce electrified powertrains.”