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Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Industry

Welcome to The Home of World-leading Automotive Industry

International partners work with the UK because of our quality products, high value manufacturing, expert consultancy and reliable supply chains. Alongside these, our trade environment ranks as one of the best in the world for ease of doing business.

Why Choose the UK?

GLOBAL EXPERTISE

  • A wealth of internationally renowned companies designing and manufacturing innovative, high-quality automotive products.
  • World-class engineering services, a highly integrated supply-chain and strong international ties with a focus on overseas markets.

CONSUMER PREFERENCE

  • The British-made reputation helps add market demand and value as it signifies innovation, reliability and quality.
  • Consumers in developing economies are willing to spend an extra 7% for products with the “Made in Britain” label. (Source: Barclays)

RELIABILITY

  • A long history of delivering high quality products and services on time, to specification,
    and at the agreed price.
  • Long-term value for money by maintaining product integrity and reliability.

18 of the world’s top 20 suppliers

to the automotive industry have operations in the UK.

Source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders

Leading Design, Engineering & Manufacturing

The UK’s automotive industry is exceptionally diverse. In 2016 alone, we manufactured over 1.8 million commercial and passenger vehicles and 1.3m cars were exported, which represented nearly 80% of production.

Home to the world’s largest specialist car sector, the UK is the birthplace of iconic brands including Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce.

A major off-highway sector includes global brands JCB and Caterpillar. This diversity enables successful technology transfer, and encourages innovation.

£2.5bn

Annual spend by global companies on automotive R&D in the UK.
Source: SMMT

Continuing to Push Boundaries

A pioneer of automotive innovation, the UK is a leading manufacturer of, and market for, electric vehicles. Global companies spend heavily on automotive R&D in the UK, making it the ideal environment for CAV (connected and autonomous vehicle) development.

The UK’s regulatory framework for CAVs is the most progressive in Europe.  This means car manufacturers and component suppliers are able to develop and test their technology without lengthy or complicated barriers to entry. Volvo has already committed to the UK as its only ‘neutral’ testing ground outside its factory locations.

As CAVs adoption rate increases, the UK’s proven history of IT expertise, global leadership in the insurance and legal sectors, and a leading position in the field of cyber-security will enable us to be among the first to bring important innovations to both domestic and international markets.

A Pioneer in Research & Development

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production, has embarked on a
£1bn, 10 year programme to develop world leading technologies.

This will ensure we remain a leader of global automotive progress, allowing it to build upon nationwide industry expertise.

6/10

Formula 1 teams have their headquarters in the UK, including McLaren, Williams and Mercedes-Benz.
Source: Motorsport Industry Association

Facilitating Innovation

The value of the UK’s investment in automotive R&D is illustrated by our Formula 1 prowess. Formula 1 depends on the ability of UK teams and their motorsport suppliers to develop world-beating solutions.

The ability of our engineers to develop innovative solutions has long been internationally recognised.

The UK’s Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities

A diverse offering comprising established industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals alongside low carbon, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, digital and advanced materials such as composites.

  • Automotive – Luxury vehicles and low carbon vehicle technologies: The UK automotive industry’s existing strengths in world-leading premium vehicle manufacture is reinforced by a growing expertise in ultra-low carbon and related technologies.
  • Aerospace – Advanced composites in airframes and components: Our strength in design of composites structures and engineering skills in wing, rotor and fluid dynamics are meeting the strong demand for lighter aircraft.

    Composites allow the aerospace industry to build aircraft which is easier, quicker and cheaper to maintain and also more lightweight and energy efficient, therefore helping to meet stricter standards on fuel emissions.

  • Biotechnology – Medical and industrial: The UK medical biotechnology industry with over 340 companies is focused on the invention, development and bringing to market of a range of new therapies based on technologies such as antibodies, recombinant proteins, and gene and cell therapy.

    For chemicals and chemistry-using industries, the application of industrial biotechnology can contribute to sustainable low-carbon growth through the development of new and less carbon intensive products and processes.

  • Food & Drink – Food science, food technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, I.T., engineering and sustainability best practice: Innovation is a key focus of this industry and the UK offers such expertise in improving competitiveness and efficiency in response to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.
  • Maritime – Complex merchant and naval shipbuilding to ship’s chandlery and nanotechnology: UK maritime equipment designers and manufacturers are behind some of the world’s most advanced and ambitious maritime projects.

    We are a pioneering force behind key developments in equipment, product design and technical innovation. Our commitment to invention means that your organisation benefits from cutting-edge UK design and technology.

  • Nanotechnology – Nanofabrication and bio-nanotechnology: The UK has a world-class reputation in nanotechnology research involving over 1,500 research scientists focusing on the development of nanotechnologies.

    Home to two world-class interdisciplinary research centres on nanofabrication in Cambridge and bio-nanotechnology centre in Oxford. Further research strengths include modelling, tissue engineering, imaging, devices and informatics.

    The UK has played a leading role in the development of international nanotechnologies standards. An example is the work of the British Standards Institute (BSI). The UK also chairs both the ISO and CEN standards committees on nanotechnology.

There is a high degree of interdependence between industries within the manufacturing sector and the UK is here to meet your bespoke requirements.

Commercial help and support

The UK’s Department for International Trade has commercial officers in more than 100 locations across the world. They can connect you to UK capability, and UK Export Finance who can support the purchase of UK goods and services.

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