British car industry booming, despite closures

The 1970s may have been the glory days of the British car industry, but the 1.6 million cars manufactured in the country last year was not far shy of the record levels of production reached three decades ago.

22nd April, 2006

The 1970s may have been the glory days of the British car industry, but the 1.6 million cars manufactured in the country last year was not far shy of the record levels of production reached three decades ago.

These days, there is a vastly improved relationship between unions and employers, which has resulted in a highly-skilled and flexible workforce, and crucially, unlike the situation during the industry’s ‘‘golden decade’’, the majority of today’s manufacturers are operating...

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