Forecasts from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
predict that vehicle production in the UK will rise to 2.0 million cars
per year in 2017, up from 1.5 million in 2013.
Mr Leech believes this will lead to more supply chain
companies hiring personnel to fulfil their orders, but analysts remain
"A key question vexing the industry and government is whether this
will percolate down into jobs growth in Britain's 2,000 supply chain
companies," he told supplychainstandard.com. "In the 1990s and
2000s the UK automotive supply chain was ravaged and the proportion of
parts sourced from UK suppliers dropped to as low as 35 per cent."
However, cited by fleetworld.co.uk, Mr Leech says
Britain's automotive industry has seen a "substantial" increase in
investors ploughing money into the supply chain - who are doing so at
a rate which hasn't been seen for decades.
"All in all, the outlook for the UK car industry looks bright," he added.