5,000 jobs vacant in UK automotive due to skills shortage

New Automotive Council report reveals depth of skills shortage facing the sector. Up to 5,000 current vacancies in the automotive industry causing significant impact on business operations. Groundbreaking new Automotive Council report sets out skills requirements for UK automotive sector, with engineers most difficult to recruit. UK automotive industry workforce now the most productive in

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Van registrations level off in January after record 2015

After a record 2015, registrations of vans in the UK levelled off in January with a 4.3% fall in demand compared with the same month last year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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EU demand for Commercial Vehicles up 12.4% in 2015

ACEA CVs full-year 2015

Demand for commercial vehicles rose in 2015, according to the latest registration figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Registrations of new CVs were up 12.4% on 2014, making 2015 the third consecutive year of CV market growth.

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Why Europe matters: UK automotive firms speak out on critical business benefits

SMMT launches case studies of member views on the importance of Britain’s EU membership to UK automotive. Six British firms explain why single market access, influencing EU legislation, access to funding and talent are so critical to growth. 92% of SMMT members say UK membership of a reformed European Union is best for their business.

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New members – January 2016

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – January 2016

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Production of UK-built engines driven by exports in 2015


Engine production steady in 2015 with 2,368,477 units manufactured, down 1.1% on 2014 Overseas demand upholds the market, with 64% – almost two thirds – of engines exported 152,212 engines produced in December down 4.4% on the same period in 2014 Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Whilst engine production remains steady in the UK,

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