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Car production in the UK at seven-year high

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Figures have shown that car plants in the United Kingdom produced the highest number of vehicles since 2007 last year – 1.5 million. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have credited this increase to the higher demand for premium brands such as Land Rover and Jaguar, with annual sales increasing by 1.2%. With so many new vehicles being produced, it stands to reason that there will be more exciting opportunities in motor trade recruitment for those who seek an exciting new role in engineering and manufacturing.

On average, one car was produced every twenty seconds in 2014. The SMMT’s chief executive, Mike Hawes, has gone on record to state that even though 1.2% doesn’t seem like a large growth, it marks an extremely successful year. The industry managed to overcome several challenges that it was faced with, such as weak global markets and slow EU recovery in 2014. Hawes added that premium and specialist brand popularity worldwide meant that the overall value of car exports had doubled since 2009. More than £7 billion of investment has been injected into UK production facilities over the past two years, which is likely to be a large contributing factor.

Sunderland’s Nissan factory produced the most vehicles in 2014 with a figure of 500,238, more than any other manufacturer in Britain, followed closely by Jaguar Land Rover with 449,507 and Mini with 178,993. The government have said that the automotive manufacturing industry has significantly assisted the country’s economic recovery too, predicting that the number of cars built in the UK will only increase in the future. It’s estimated that the all-time car production record, which was first set in the 1970s, will be beaten in 2017.

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