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2015-03-16 13:33

BRIT CARS, BRIT PARTS: Cars being built in the UK are now using more locally-sourced parts - there's also a change in who is fitting them! Image: Supplied

  • Big demand from UK manufacturers
  • 19% increase for component suppliers
  • Automotive supply chain turnaround

LONDON, England - British cars are being made with more British-sourced components as the UK automotive industry’s renaissance continues apace, research has revealed.

Figures from an Automotive Council report show that domestic component makers sold 19% more products to UK vehicle producers in 2014 than in 2013.

The figures are an important step in the right direction for the UK automotive supply base, the report says. Currently around one third of the components in a UK-built car are domestically sourced, compared to more than 90% in the mid-1970s.


However, vehicle manufacturing in the UK is undergoing a renaissance – British car production has increased by more than 50% since 2009 – and this is creating new opportunities for domestic suppliers.

The UK's business secretary Vince Cable said: “Our automotive industry has seen a resurgence in recent years and that success means work of about £1-billion (the equivalent of R18-billion) has returned to the UK. This is testament to the strength and capability of our supply chain manufacturers and will no doubt lead to new jobs and further growth.

“This has not happened by accident but is the result of the government and industry working together through the Automotive Council to strengthen our supply chain – meaning an increasing number of parts made in this country are contained in vehicles rolling off UK production lines.”


The new Luton-built Vauxhall Vivaro van is another example of the recent upturn in local supply. The latest model, which started production in 2014, contains more than twice the number of British-sourced components at 40% than its predecessor’s 16%.

Calsonic Kansei Europe is a global supplier of automotive components such as interior mouldings, aircon and exhaust systems, employing more than 1700 employees across four manufacturing locations in the UK. Significant recent investment into expansion at sites in Sunderland and Wales has secured and created 351 jobs.

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