02 March 2011
Growth opportunities herald thousands of new auto manufacturing jobs
A report out today (2 March) sets out for the first time details of the manufacturing parts and products that car makers want to source from the UK, but are not currently buying here. The report identifies some of the reasons for this, where purchasing decisions are made and where the UK has the potential capability to meet this currently untapped demand.
The report from the Automotive Council chaired by Business Secretary Vince Cable said companies in the UK are already winning more than £7 billion of work annually from vehicle makers. But there are clear opportunities to grow this business.
Using data collected from vehicle manufacturers and supply chain companies, the report identifies the opportunities with a new purchasing wish list of interior and exterior vehicle parts from manufacturers.
The report was launched today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable during a visit to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and supply chain company International Automotive Components (IAC) in Halewood, Merseyside.
Vince Cable also welcomed today's news that JLR's Evoque (pictured), which starts production in July backed by a government offer of support of up to £26 million, has resulted in supply chain contracts worth £2 billion being awarded to 40 manufacturers across the UK.
In addition, JLR are creating 1,500 apprenticeship places at Halewood to build the Evoque. It is expected that the contracts announced today will generate a further 5,000 new jobs in the supply chain.
Dr Cable who also co-chairs the Automotive Council said: "JLR's news that it's awarding £2 billion worth of contracts to businesses in the UK to supply components for the Evoque shows that the UK automotive supply chain is capable of winning major contracts and creating vital jobs in the UK.
"Today's Automotive Council report shows for the first time, where the opportunities are, the parts that vehicle manufacturers want to source here in the UK if they have the choice, and where the UK has capability to supply those parts."
The report was compiled by Dr. Matthias Holweg, from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Department for Business Innovation & Skills
International Automotive Components
Jaguar Land Rover
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