Much is written about the perils, or not, of Brexit (and it’s not up for discussion here) and the effect upon our industries that leaving the Union will have. This is especially pertinent to the car industry with its global sales. In the case of UK jobs the tremors going through the motor manufacturing business affect us all, one way or another. Good job then that our home grown car industry is resilient.
A Better Business
Although the number of new cars built has dropped off a bit, our car makers remain committed to balancing profitability and output with social and sustainable environmental responsibilities. Over the last twenty years, the motor industry and ancillary businesses have invested hugely in more efficient technology, whilst at the same time significantly reducing the impact upon our environment. A recent trade report has demonstrated the environmental, economic, and social gains achieved by our car industry over the last twenty years, with large reductions in the use of energy and water, while cutting waste to landfill and vehicle emissions.
The changes in the car industry over the last two decades have seen huge strides forward, governed by ever more strict rules and regulations, mostly emanating from the EU. The result is cleaner, greener cars thanks to continuous improvement and refinement of manufacturing processes. Today, the UK automotive sector is one of the most efficient in Europe, outperforming the EU average, we learn. Quite a feather in our national cap.
At the same time, average pay in the industry has risen exponentially. British car manufacturing workers are now some of the UK’s better earners, with the industry benefiting from an increase in productivity. Automotive output has also grown extensively along with the value of exports. Over eighty percent of cars produced in 2018 were destined for international markets; that a twenty percent increase in the last twenty years.
A Better Environment
This remarkable progress seemingly against all the odds has not been at the expense of environmental performance. The vehicle manufacturing industry continues to significantly reduce its environmental impact. Over the last 20 years energy savings made add up to enough power for almost ten million homes for a full year and the CO² saved would fill the Royal Albert Hall 37 times, although you wouldn’t want to be in there at the time. Recycling has also increased. Car makers have saved 693,969 tonnes of waste from landfill apparently, according to the report and of course, most cars today are far more recyclable than ever before. The needs and concerns of the modern world have dictated many substantial advancements in both vehicles and the manufacturing process, driving massive investment in new models and plants.
So whatever we may think about the current political situation and relationships with our European neighbours, the fact is we have all benefited. The cars
that we buy today, like the choice selection of AA inspected motors
we always have available here at eCars247, are better made, cleaner, nicer to drive and much longer-lasting. All industry can suffer in these uncertain times so it is good to know that the UK car makers remain strong and sustainable.