The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced today (17 January) that the number of cars made for export reached a record high.
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: " This is good news for the UK car industry, despite job losses announced by Honda and Ford recently.
"It is a testament to the skills of the UK workforce which produces top quality vehicles. Manufacturing can be a success story, if there is the right level of support and investment. Motor manufacturers realise that the UK has the skills and the potential to be a great place to do business - that's why many are investing here.
"On top of new jobs announced at the weekend by Jaguar Land Rover, the company also announced it was taking on more than 150 apprentices. We need to see more manufacturing companies following suit to boost our skills base and help tackle youth unemployment.
"If the coalition government had an interventionist industrial strategy and were prepared to do more to support manufacturing then there would be more record breaking manufacturing success stories like this."
A total of 1.46 million cars were made in the UK in 2012, a 9.0 per cent rise on the 2011 figure. Of these, more than 1.21 million were made for export, a 7.8 per cent increase on 2011.
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.