The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy. Its annual turnover is worth over £78.9 billion. It employs about 180,000 people directly. Over 864,000 are employed across the wider automotive industry.
The automotive industry in the UK is now best known for premium and sports cars. Domestic manufacturers include Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. Manufacturers with a major presence in the UK include Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall Motors. 80% of cars produced in the UK are exported overseas. The automotive sector accounts for 13% of total UK exports of goods.
The UK has a significant presence in auto racing. The motorsport industry comprises around 4,000 companies. The UK is also a major centre for engine manufacturing. Over two million engines are produced yearly in the country.
The automotive industry has a strong design and technical base. Several foreign companies base some of their research and development in the UK. Companies invest £3 billion each year in automotive R&D.
The automotive industry is facing new demands by society. Its greatest challenge is to address global environmental issues. UK car brands are investing billions into the development and production of zero-emission models. In 2020 electric vehicles accounted for more than one in ten registrations. Today there are some 130 plug-in car models from which UK drivers can choose. An increasing number of these are manufactured in Britain.
The automotive industry relies on “just in time delivery” and same-day deliveries to production lines. Conro recognise this need and are set to react to these challenging demands. Dedicated delivery vans allow us to deliver to UK production lines within hours.