The head of Vauxhall has revealed concerns over the future of car making in the UK, as he expressed dismay at the regions failure to develop a local supply chain.
Chairman of General Motors, Nick Reilly said that he felt a lack of home grown parts were slowly killing the car manufacturing industry in this country.
Speaking to the BBC he said, “Our biggest issue is lack of suppliers in the UK.”
“In the 70s to 90s we gave up a lot of business. What it means is that at Luton [Vauxhall factory] we import a lot of components.
“If we don’t have a decent amount of local suppliers it makes this place more difficult to be competitive.”
He added, “Frankly, I think it’s the most critical issue facing the automotive industry in the UK.
“It’s not enough to have Nissan, Toyota, Vauxhall manufacturing the products because we’ll never be able to compete with another country where the suppliers are surrounding the car plants.”
The firm will continue manufacturing cars and vans in the UK in the medium term after announcing last month that they would manufacture their new van, the Vivaro, in the Luton plant.