UK trading patterns within and between regions in the automotive sector—A network analysis

Matthew Smith*, Yasaman Sarabi

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This study provides an analysis of the UK's role in the automotive sector, focusing on the trading relationship of the UK within and between regions. It additionally provides an examination of the countries that hold equivalent trading positions to the UK in various segments of the automotive sector. The results indicate a high level of integration with Europe & Central Asia; outside the region, there appears to be a trend towards sourcing inputs from East Asia & Pacific, along with the Middle East & North Africa acting as an export destination. The equivalence analysis results provide a set of nations that could reposition themselves to gain from the UK's departure from the European Union. Amongst them are traditional key European players in the sector, along with Eastern European nations, which have been developing key strengths within the sector in recent years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-529
Number of pages20
JournalWorld Economy
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • fragmentation of production
  • network analysis
  • regionalisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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