“But we need to keep getting better across manufacturing and in car manufacturing we have an industry that is doing it better than the rest.
Manufacturing is alive and well, but that's only because it has moved to the quality end of the market, adding value. If we think that we can only sell on price then we are finished. And the unions need to beware – the jobs of their members are on the line and if think they can flex their muscles and get militancy in the automotive industry I'm telling them not to do it.”
Jones calls on the UK Government to help the industry: “We need a tax regime that says you can keep more of what you earn – then more money will be spent on research and development. The Government needs to stimulate us and put the wind under our wings,” he says.
“There is a major issue on education. We need skilled people and they have to be constantly reskilled, but the only people who can sort this out are the companies themselves.
“The Government won't help, it's up to us to get a more productive workforce and a better society.”