British auto component manufacturers sold 19% more products to UK vehicle makers in 2014 than in the previous year, according to a new report from the Automotive Council. Entitled Growing the Automotive Supply Chain ‒ The Opportunity Ahead, the report also identifies further opportunities for business expansion that could be worth £4bn annually.
With auto production in the UK having increased by over 50% since 2009, domestic suppliers are finding a new lease of life by slotting into a locally-sourced supply chain. Nifco, a plastics supplier based in Stockton, was facing closure in 2004; however, it rallied and built two new factories in 2012 and 2014. Last year saw the British-made Vauxhall Vivaro van go into production in Luton, which uses 40% UK-made auto parts compared to its predecessor's 16%.
Credit has been given to the Automotive Investment Organisation, which was set up in 2013 to attract increased foreign investment. Since its inception it has brought over £768m in investment to UK suppliers and manufacturers.