The UK government is planning to introduce an online shopping platform to sell electronic parts, which could lead to a boom in online sales.
The move follows the launch of the UK’s first online shop for parts, the electronic parts market, in October.
The UK’s government said it wanted to offer “electronic components for all types of electronic applications” but did not specify exactly what those applications would be.
“Electronic components are essential to our economy and are an essential part of our society,” said Philip Hammond, the Home Secretary.
The Prime Minister also said that the government was “not going to sit idly by” and that it would work with manufacturers to develop a “customised” online marketplace for electronic parts.
“We want to create a market that is more accessible, more competitive, and more sustainable,” he said.
The announcement comes at a time when the UK is preparing to leave the European Union and a number of major companies have been looking to build their online business in the UK.
The National Electric Vehicle Association said it was working with “all major online car retailers to help them develop a new online marketplace that can cater to their needs”.
“The online marketplace is a vital piece of the puzzle to help us build our future digital car,” said Dave Lewis, the NEA’s managing director.
“It will create more jobs and drive demand for our vehicles.”
The UK is the largest overseas market for electronic components.
The government hopes the move will boost sales of electronic parts in the country and help to spur growth of the industry.
“The government has a lot of ideas to help businesses grow,” said Hammond.
“They will help us to attract more investment in new, innovative manufacturing technology, and that will create jobs.”