Bentley Motors Limited: A Leading Manufacturer of Luxury Vehicles
Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe, England is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best.
The company, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, currently employs around 3,800 people in Crewe, who helped manufacture more Bentleys in 2014 than ever before. Achieving 9% growth on 2013, Bentley delivered more than 11,000 cars for the first time in its 95 year history, split evenly between the company’s major regions: The Americas, China, UK and Europe, and the Middle East.
Reducing Environmental Impacts
Bentley is working towards new ways of ensuring that manufacturing a car is more efficient and has a reduced environmental impact. The company has a five-year plan to lessen its environmental impact by 25% by 2018 against a 2010 baseline, and to cut its energy use per car by 50%. Progress so far is encouraging. Bentley’s Pyms Lane HQ is the first UK Automotive plant to be certified to both the ISO 14001 environmental standard and ISO 50001 energy management standard. While the company has increased production volumes tenfold over the last decade, the amount of energy used per car has fallen by 90%.
Bentley has become the first UK automotive manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction, having made significant cutbacks in these three key environmental areas at its headquarters in Crewe.
A Significant Supporter of the Community
Bentley channels much of its charitable giving through the Cheshire Community Foundation, a charity which provides funding to projects and facilities that support the community. The company also contributes to causes through the Bentley Charitable Appeals Committee and the UK automotive charity BEN. Another pillar of Bentley’s community engagement is the support of young students and schools. Bentley offers more than 150 work experience placements to students from schools in the Crewe area every year.
Bentley has opened a new dedicated apprenticeship Training Facility, workshop and classroom, home to its largest apprentice intake in a decade. The new facility, based within South Cheshire College, has been developed as part of Bentley’s new manufacturing apprenticeship scheme, focused on strengthening core skills as Bentley prepares for future growth.
Bentley, and a range of partners, are establishing a University Technical College in Crewe. This new college will offer an exciting and inspiring education for young people seeking a pathway to employment and further education. University Technical Colleges offer courses for 14-18 year-olds which are designed with input from local employers and a partner university.
Bentley has a target of ensuring that every new generation of vehicle is 10-15% more efficient to produce than its predecessor. Research suggests that the average Bentley travels less than 7,000 miles a year, well below driving averages, and around 80% of all Bentleys ever made are still in use today. All new cars also have to meet the Volkswagen Group’s rigorous safety and quality standards. 2016 will see the launch of the new Bentley SUV, followed by a plug-in hybrid model – two significant steps in the run-up to Bentley’s centenary in 2019.