The automotive industry in the UK, and especially that of high performance cars, is a highly prized sector in the UK economy. It has in the past provided a benchmark for manufacturers in the rest of the world, and continues to do so. The country continues to invest in the development of high-level skills and engineering innovation, so as to keep its place as a major force in the automotive industry worldwide.
The history and future of the automotive industry in the UK
The UK has a rich history in the automotive industry, whether it is civilian cars or high performance racing and luxury brands. It has as a result earned itself a reputation around the world for high performance, quality, as well as engineering prowess. Some of the premium and sports car brands that the country is known for include Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce.
As far as the future of the industry is concerned, it seems quite bright. 2014 saw the industry hit record production levels, and this trend is set to continue in the years to come. The sector has been buoyed by a thriving export market, especially that of emerging markets where middle class populations are growing and their demand for goods, notably for luxury and high-end British brands, is increasing.
So as to ensure the country remains a base for high-level engineering skills, the British Government has put in place initiatives aimed at plugging the skills gap. This has led to more support and emphasis being given to the development of science and engineering skills through apprentices and vocational training. There has also been an effort to create manufacturing training and technology centres in a number of sites around the country, to nurture and grow young talent in order for the UK to keep its place as a major world leader in engineering.
Anthony Sheriff and his successful run at McLaren Automotive
Anthony Sheriff has worked as the Managing Director as well as a member of the Board of Directors of McLaren Automotive Ltd. While at the company, Anthony Sheriff had the responsibility of managing the various aspects of the road car business for the company. He steered the launch, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, of the SLR into production. The development and launch of the SLR Stirling Moss and SLR Roadster that followed helped turn McLaren Automotive into a profitable company.
In a recent interview with McLaren Automotive director, Automotive Zone learnt that after this successful launch, Sheriff went ahead to launch three further products, the P11 (650S and MP4-12C), P12 (P1) and P13 (Sports Series), which established McLaren Automotive as a luxury sports car manufacturing company. The company also built a global distribution network and a dedicated production facility under Sheriff’s leadership.
The UK automotive sector, and especially that of high performance cars, has a bright future ahead of it, and should remain at the forefront of a thriving manufacturing industry in the country for many years to come. This will be as a result of the development and nurturing of an engineering skills base as well as the provision of the required financial support that will ensure the creation of a sustainable and stable industry.