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NEW REPORT – UK Automotive International Competitiveness – Third Edition

7 Sep 2022

The third international competitiveness report, published today by the Automotive Council UK Competitiveness and Business Environment Group, comes following significant changes since the last paper in 2018. The UK has left the EU, suffered the Covid-19 pandemic, and is now living with huge disruptions to global supply chains and a cost of living / cost of doing business crisis. At the same time, the industry is facing a crunch time for new investment to deliver zero emission vehicles produced in net zero emitting facilities.

All this means that this is an important time to take stock of the fundamentals once again: what makes the UK a good place to invest in automotive, and how we can do more to capture continued new investment. The industry is well positioned to deliver on our shared ambitions with government – the high value jobs and wealth creation that characterise the sector; accelerating the delivery of net zero; and contributing to a Global Britain by taking a leading role in international trade.

Joined-up action by industry and government is critical to ensure that the industry can deliver on these shared ambitions, and this report aims to provide a focus for this.

At this important juncture, only timely, focussed and decisive collaboration through the Automotive Council – to reinforce UK Automotive’s undoubted strengths while systematically tackling areas of weakness – will enable the industry to remain at the forefront of the generational change it currently faces.



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