LONDON -- UK car production fell by 42 percent last month to its lowest level for a September since 1982, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), as a lack of semiconductor chips continues to disrupt the sector worldwide.
A total of 67,169 cars rolled off British factory lines last month, the SMMT said.
In a survey, the group found that more than eight in ten members have been negatively impacted by the chip shortage, hit by factors such as cost rises and lower orders. Redundancies and reduced opening hours have been used by some to mitigate the problem.
"The industry is continuing to battle the effects of the pandemic with the shortage of semiconductors stalling production," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said.
Hawes said more could have been done in Wednesday's government budget announcement.
"It missed the opportunity to offer meaningful short-term support given COVID-related supply constraints and rising energy bills."