UK car industry hampered by declining supply chain

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 by The Manufacturer

The head of Vauxhall has warned that the UK car industry faces serious problems because of a scarcity of parts manufacturers in Britain.

Nick Reilly, chief executive of General Motors in Europe, says the lack of components being made in the UK has made it difficult for companies to be competitive.

“Frankly, I think it’s the most critical issue facing the automotive industry in the UK,” he told the BBC. “It’s not enough to have Nissan, Toyota, Vauxhall manufacturing the products because we’ll never be able to compete with another country where the suppliers are surrounding the car plants.”

Mr Reilly’s comments came as it emerged that Jaguar Land Rover is considering building a new engine plant in the UK, which could result in the creation of at least 1,000 jobs.