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Survey finds increased opportunity for UK automotive supply chain

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The 2012 survey shows that the purchasing spend of the vehicle makers who responded to the survey is £23.6 billion. This is an increase of £…

The 2012 survey shows that the purchasing spend of the vehicle makers who responded to the survey is £23.6 billion. This is an increase of £3 billion on 2011.

With auto manufacturers spending a third of this figure, £8.4 billion, on UK suppliers and actively wanting to buy more in the UK, the 2012 survey looks at where UK companies can win a bigger share of the business.

Sourcing opportunities go across the range of vehicle components from high value forgings and castings to consumables like batteries or interior parts. With the UK producing 2.5 million engines a year, one of the biggest opportunities identified by value, was engine parts at £540 million.

Speaking at the Advanced Engineering, Automotive and Aerospace British Business Embassy, Business Secretary Vince Cable and co-chair of the Automotive Council said:

“The strength and depth of the supply chain has not been keeping pace with the level of investment we’ve recently seen by vehicle manufacturers in the UK. Growing capacity in the automotive supply chain or bringing it back from overseas is a priority.

“Through the Automotive Council, we are working together to make UK supply chain companies aware of how much more business they could win in the UK.”

Professor Richard Parry-Jones who also co-chairs the Automotive Council said:

“As well as looking at the here and now, the 2012 survey shows that, with more low carbon vehicles coming onto the roads, this is creating new supply chain opportunities as well. Capability assessments show that UK technology providers are well placed to benefit from this growing demand particularly in areas such as energy storage and intelligent mobility.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The British Business Embassy is a series of 18 global business summits organised by UK Trade & Investment during the Olympic and Paralympic Games to showcase British industry and promote international business opportunities.

  2. Growing the UK automotive supply chain - the road forward 2012 update can be found at http://www.bis.gov.uk.

  3. Fourteen companies from across the UK vehicle, engine and construction equipment sectors participated in the survey and follow-up actions.

  4. The 2011 Office of National Statistics (ONS) trade figures showed that while we exported £4.7 billion of auto parts, we imported.£10.8 billion of auto parts.

  5. 2012 compared to 2011 purchasing spend and opportunities:

2011 report

Estimated current position

Estimated current opportunity

Respondents’ spend with UK suppliers

£7.4 billion

£8.4 billion

£11.4 billion

Respondents’ total spend

£20.6 billion

£23.6 billion

£23.6 billion

Purchases across total industry (Source ONS, BIS estimates)

£28.8 billion

£32 billion

£32 billion

  1. UK sourcing opportunity taken from the Growing the UK automotive supply chain - the road forward 2012 update.

Component

Value opportunity

£ millions

Engine castings

370

Steering systems

220

Trim (door cards, headlining, plastics etc)

170

Harnesses

160

Seating

150

Tyres

140

Alloy wheels

140

Lighting

130

Electronics (ECU, ESP, ABS, PDC)

110

Engine forgings

170

External plastics (bumpers, trim)

100

Entertainment/Navigation

90

Bearings

80

Instrument clusters

80

Glass

70

Hinges

70

Hot Stampings

70

Welded assemblies

70

12V lead/acid battery

60

Cast aluminium sub-frames

60

Brake callipers

50

Drive shafts & CVJs

50

Engine accessories (alternator, starter, air conditioning)

50

Fuel tanks

50

HVAC assembly

50

Chassis Suspension Module

40

Misc assemblies (pedals, mirrors, roof rails, grilles)

40

Shock absorbers

40

Heat shields

30

Oil pans

30

Small pressings

30

Transmission components

30

Large/medium pressings

30

Steel wheels

20

Carpets

20

Suspension springs

10

Switchgear

10

  1. The Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.’ It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:
  • To create the most competitive tax system in the G20

  • To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business

  • To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy

  • To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across Government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the Government wants the economy to travel.

  1. BIS’s online newsroom contains the latest press notices and speeches, as well as video and images for download. It also features an up to date list of BIS press office contacts. See http://www.bis.gov.uk/newsroom for more information.

Notes to Editors

Contact Information

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Division Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Phone

Fax

Mobile

Email bispress.releases@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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Division Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Phone 020 7215 6403 Fax

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Email Rebecca.Murrell@bis.gsi.gov.uk