For the first time, a partnership between the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the London Motor Show will see British automotive companies promote themselves under one single GREAT Britain banner.
The partnership, which will showcase the very best of the UK automotive sector as part of a ‘Built in Britain’ display, has been welcomed by Minister for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead
Taking place at the ExCeL, the London Motor Show is expected to welcome over 25,000 visitors with GREAT partners showcasing products including household names such as JCB, Aston Martin, Morgan Motors, Triumph and Rolls-Royce.
Other examples of British automotive expertise on show include McLaren, which is showcasing its award-winning McLaren Super Series and Sports Series models on display within the ‘Built in Britain’ area. The proudly British company continues to invest in the UK, its second-largest market by sales volume.
Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for the Department for International Trade, said: “I am delighted that for the first time, the very best of Britain’s automotive industry will be showcasing itself under the ‘Automotive is GREAT’ banner at the prestigious London Motor Show.
“The UK’s automotive sector is one of the most productive in the world and we want to support it to go from strength to strength, helping to build on the £41.6bn worth of British automotive exports delivered to 160 markets last year.”
Global demand for UK designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicles is strong. 1.34 million vehicles from the UK were exported in 2017 to 160 markets. 53.9% of exports went to the EU with 15.7% to the US and 7.5% to China.
In 2017, automotive manufacturing industry exported products worth £41.6 Billion accounting for 13% of UK’s exported goods with 1 in 5 electric cars sold in Europe in 2016 made in the UK.
UK exports of goods and services as a whole increased by 12.1% to £622 bn last year, and with the UK gearing up to leave the European Union, the Department will shortly deliver a new Export Strategy to set out the government’s ambition to get businesses of all sizes exporting their products.
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