The UK Economy Sees Its Future In Sunderland Auto Plant

A general gloominess exists regarding the manufacturing future of Britain. For decades, things like electric cars seemed like inventions of the future. This all seems to be changing, with UK politicians encouraging Nissan to develop its electric vehicles.

Wearside will soon be the production site for 50,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars annually.

A battery plant has already been built and a training facility is being constructed to teach mechanics all they need to know about electric cars. Those who have driven the LEAF comment on its silence and fast speed.

Aside from its limited driving range and quietness, it seems just like any other vehicle. Driving a car like this makes one feel brighter about the future of Britain because manufacturing can still make a difference.

At the Sunderland plant, a car is produced every 30 seconds. Most of these vehicles are shipped overseas, accounting for 1.4 percent of the manufactured exports in Britain.

The scale of this plant is amazing and the environment is truly British, not a Japanese cookie-cutter facility. This factory employs 4,900 people who contribute to making car finance and ownership possible worldwide.

No electric cars are produced there yet but the British auto industry seems to be none the worse for it. Nissan recently announced that one of its new models would be designed, engineered, and manufactured in Britain.

BMW made a hefty £500 million investment in the popular Mini and Jaguar Land Rover decided it will not close one of its plants after all.

For two years, a cheap pound has made things attractive for British exporters within and outside of the auto industry. Manufacturing represents 12 percent of the country’s GDP and output has increased 1.3 percent in the past year.

The Nissan plant in Britain is considered one of its most efficient and placing high priority on manufacturing can secure the future of this country.