Dr Cable also toured the £25m facility, which features a state of the art robotic technology to produce the bodyshells for the new Bentley flagship. The vehicle then goes through traditional hand brazing and polishing, paint and final assembly.
According to Bentley, each Mulsanne takes nearly 500 hours to build with several individual elements of the car, such as the V8 engine, still being hand-assembled.
“The Government must encourage people into the industry through apprenticeships and other schemes as well as committing to increased training of those who already working in it. Above all it must promote it internationally if the UK is to have a strong manufacturing sector and thus a strong economy,” Doug Dickson, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said in a release.
“We need to develop a stronger, more balanced economy … by building on the strengths of our manufacturing and other knowledge industries. The UK is open for business and we welcome the investment that is being made here by manufacturing companies, like Bentley, creating highly skilled workforces that will ensure our future growth,” Dr Cable added.
The Bentley facility in Crewe employs almost 4,000 people and comprises all of the company operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The Mulsanne will go on sale worldwide soon, powered by a 6.75l V8 twin-turbo engine, which develops 505 bhp and 1,020 Nm of torque.