Manufacturing reshoring and its limits: the UK automotive case

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This paper explores the meaning of reshoring and its drivers in the case of UK manufacturing and in particular its automotive sector. Drawing on interviews, policy reviews and a range of recent surveys, the paper finds that while reshoring is a discernable trend in UK manufacturing, it is less pronounced than many have claimed and that – in the UK case at least - there are severe limits as to how far this reshoring trend can go, particularly in relation to the availability of skills and finance in the supply chain. This is in turn raises questions over the stance of British policy and whether more could be done, with comparisons made to US experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-395
Number of pages17
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number3
Early online date16 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


  • manufacturing
  • reshoring
  • onshoring
  • global value chains
  • industrial policy


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