Call for urgent action to promote industry

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Government must take urgent action to support manufacturing so that other industries apart from automotive and aerospace can become UK success stories, says the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The call comes from Philippa Oldham, head of manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, in response to a 22 per cent rise in UK car manufacturing reported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

She said: “The rise in UK car manufacturing figures is very welcome and shows that the UK can still be a manufacturing powerhouse.

“But while some industries like car and aerospace manufacturing are bucking the trend and seeing strong growth, recent figures show that UK manufacturing as a whole is still shrinking. The success of UK car manufacturing should motivate Government to take urgent action to support manufacturing so that we can see other industries become UK success stories.

“Government needs to work with industry and other political parties to develop a detailed manufacturing and industrial strategy with cross-party support. Industry needs this certainty and also needs greater access to capital investment in order to invest in new production plants, machinery and training.”