Markets Automotive

The UK automotive sector is continuing to experience strong growth and, in contrast with most other manufacturing sectors where productivity has been static for several years, the UK’s auto industry is now the most productive in Europe, with each employee in the motor industry delivering more than €100,000 a year in added value. 

The UK is home to 19 of the world’s top 20 vehicle manufacturers including OEMs such as Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Honda, Vauxhall, Toyota, Nissan, McLaren, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Tier 1s such as Brose, GKN, BorgWarner and TRW. 

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) forecasts UK vehicle manufacturing will hit an all-time high of two million units by 2020, giving British suppliers a tremendous market opportunity. 

Additionally, eight of the 11 Formula 1 teams are based in the UK.

How can the MTC help?

The MTC are creating automation technologies for demanding tasks within automotive. We also have projects researching drive train improvements for electric and next generation vehicles.

Other focus areas include the significant opportunities to reduce vehicle weight and therefore emissions through the adoption of additive and net-shape manufacturing processes. Formula 1 teams are already manufacturing exhaust manifolds by 3D printing metallic components, as the technique enables complex geometries that would not be possible with conventional technologies. That helps cut emissions and weight and these principles can be adopted for many other automotive components, offering a fantastic opportunity for UK vehicle manufacturers. 

Being involved in a team with diverse skills and working on far-reaching projects gives me enthusiasm to come to work and surpass my own personal expectations.

Keith Lorenz
Research Engineer, Net Shape Manufacturing