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More British parts in UK-built cars

The British content of cars made in the UK is growing.

Domestic car-parts makers sold 19% more products to UK-based producers last year than in 2013, according to figures from Government/industry body the Automotive Council.

But the "Britishness" of cars manufactured in the UK is still far less than it was around 40 years ago.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that around one third of the components in a UK-built car are domestically sourced, compared to more than 90% in the mid-1970s.

But opportunities are there for parts makers, as British car production has increased by more than 50% since 2009.

The Automotive Council figures will be presented at an SMMT event in Leicester tomorrow.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes will tell senior industry executives at the event: "A strong domestic supply chain is critical to the success of the UK automotive sector.

"We want British suppliers to capitalise on the renaissance in vehicle manufacturing, and these figures show that positive strides are already being made."

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