Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is taking a starring role in the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition at the Science Museum, which has been opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk. The exhibition runs from July 24 until September 9 and will demonstrate the best of British manufacturing. The exhibition aims to dispel the myth that Britain ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’ and educate visitors about the value of manufacturing to the UK economy. It is the culmination of the Make it in Great Britain campaign; an initiative launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last year which aims to challenge outdated opinions of the UK manufacturing industry. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk click here for Science Museum
JLR’s interactive exhibit at the Science Museum will take visitors through the product creation process giving them an insight into how its new products are designed and engineered. Jo Lopes, Head of Technical Excellence at JLR commented, 'After months of planning, it’s fantastic to see our exhibit representing the British manufacturing industry in the Science Museum alongside other iconic British companies. We’re passionate about UK manufacturing, and can’t wait to show people what a vibrant industry it really is. The exhibition is free and we’d really encourage people to come along and find us here.'
The UK manufacturing industry is worth approximately £137bn to the UK economy each year and employs 2.5 million people. JLR is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business built around two iconic British car brands with three advanced manufacturing plants and two state of the art engineering and design facilities in the UK. Business Minister Mark Prisk said, 'The future of manufacturing in the UK is bright. The Make it in Great Britain exhibition showcases a mix of forward-thinking businesses from a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive and food and drink, which will give the public a real flavour of what modern manufacturing is all about, and demonstrate first-hand the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available today.'
Other automotive companies represented include GKN and McLaren. Of the exhibition, Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, 'The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, record export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector. The industry also offers fantastic career and skills opportunities for young people across a huge variety of disciplines from design, engineering, supply chain and manufacturing to retail and aftermarket. The sector plays a major role in the UK economy, so we're delighted to see automotive companies celebrated as some of the stars of UK manufacturing.'
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