22 potential customers for UK suppliers at SMMT Meet the Buyer

SMMT is giving UK automotive suppliers the opportunity to meet 22 new potential customers at its Meet the Buyer event on 12 May. The event gives UK component manufacturers the rare chance to meet face to face with some of the automotive industry’s largest Tier-1 suppliers.

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New members – February 2015

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – February 2015

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Engine manufacturing starts year with growth

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UK engine manufacturing up 0.2% in January, producing 206,686 units,
Home demand drives sector growth, up 11.2%.
Outlook bright for UK engine manufacturing following major investments in recent years.

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Positive CV sector despite muted January

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UK produced 5,443 commercial vehicles (CV) in January.
Home market remains strong and steady, while exports stay subdued.
Ramping up production of new models is expected to yield growth later in the year.

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Number of car exports to China multiplied seven times since 2009

Number of car exports to China multiplied seven times since 2009

Automotive sector now has greater share of UK exports than ever before at 11.2%
China is the largest single market for British-built cars after the UK
Number of car sales to Asia trebled in five years
UK exported just under 1.2 million cars to more than 100 countries in 2014

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Steady start to 2015 as UK car manufacturing gears up for new models

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UK car output down 1.2% to 127,385 in January, as manufacturers prepare for new models.
Outlook remains positive for 2015 with manufacturers set to realise £7 billion-worth investment in new products and facilities.
January 2015 output 16% higher than month’s mean performance from 2009.UK car output down 1.2% to 127,385 in January, as manufacturers prepare for new models.
Outlook remains positive for 2015 with manufacturers set to realise £7 billion-worth investment in new products and facilities.
January 2015 output 16% higher than month’s mean performance from 2009.

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Support low emission diesel CV uptake to clean up Britain’s air, SMMT urges policy makers

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Today SMMT will bring together transport policy makers, vehicle manufacturers and other stakeholders from across the UK at a special event in London to discuss the future contribution of commercial vehicles to improving air quality.

Diesel is not a dirty word, SMMT will say. It will call on government and local councils to recognise the vital role modern diesel vehicles can play in reducing emissions across Britain’s towns and cities – and to do more to support their adoption.

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Strong start to 2015 for UK bus and coach market with seven-year high

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Bus and coach registrations rose 48.6% in January to 715, the most successful start to a year since 2008. Growth was driven by a 90.4% rise in purpose-built buses, following the fulfilment of several large orders. The converted bus market also saw significant growth, with a 42.6% increase in the month.   “January’s increase in

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