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Rolls-Royce worried wait times could get even longer due to global supply chain issues

  • Rolls-Royce say global supply chain issues are cause of ‘daily concern’
  • CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes fears wait times could stretch out even further
  • Firm has started flying parts in due to Covid lockdowns at Chinese ports

Time 11:26 am, May 27, 2022

Wait times on Rolls Royce cars could get even longer than they already are due to ongoing supply chain issues, the firm’s CEO has warned.

Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes says the current situation does not look like improving any time soon due to a number of issues in the supply chain.

The biggest problem, the global semiconductor shortage, is a source of ‘daily worry’ for the firm with Covid lockdowns also affecting production.

The end result is that the West Sussex-based firm is not expecting lead times to get shorter for the foreseeable future.

On the contrary, if the situation does not improve, Mueller-Oetvoes believes they could get even longer.

He told Bloomberg: ‘Supply chain is something that worries us, I would even say daily.

‘With all these port lockdowns in China, we also see certain constraints now. If only one part is missing, I can’t finish the product.’

In order to combat the issues at Chinese ports, the British marque has started flying some parts in via air, which is likely to hit profits.

Rolls-Royce enjoyed record sales figures last year after owners BMW Group prioritised high-end cars with larger margins.

As a result, the firm delivered 5,586 new vehicles in 2021 – a rise of 49 per cent.

Rolls-Royce’s order books remain full until into Q3 of this year. Wait times on some models already stretch into the second half of 2023.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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