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Supply chain pressures continue to weigh heavy on auto manufacturers

Richard Peberdy UK head of automotive at KPMG comment on SMMT production data

Richard Peberdy UK head of automotive at KPMG comment on SMMT production data

Richard Peberdy, UK head of automotive at KPMG, said:

“Supply chain pressures continue to weigh heavy on auto manufacturers as the wider economy edges closer towards recovery.

“Carmakers will be cursing a mix of factors stifling their ability to produce more vehicles, namely materials and labour shortages and increases to shipping costs. Manufacturers are absorbing the costs for now, but we could soon see price rises being passed on to consumers should problems persist, which runs the risk of dampening the sales recovery.

“Many carmakers find themselves in a bind between electric vehicles (EV) and traditional combustion engines. Despite some encouraging EV uptake among consumers, regular petrol cars are still popular because of their lower price point, with some remaining wariness over EV technology and reliance on charging. We can expect more calls from the industry for further government support to help produce the vehicles that will drive us towards a net-zero carbon future.”

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