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Celebration and innovation themes of 2014 International Automotive Summit Report

SMMT has published the 2014 International Automotive Summit post-event report. The event, which was held on 11 June at Canary Wharf, celebrated the recent successes of the automotive sector – including 27 consecutive months of growth (at the time of the event) and a doubling of UK export value – and explored the challenges that the industry likely to face in the future.

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The future’s bright, the future’s content!

‘In an age of connectivity, the connected car is the potential base for a huge subscription opportunity for the future consumer, and also the automotive industry.’ That was the key message from the British Screen Advisory Council at the 2014 International Automotive Summit. “The connected car could be the cause of the biggest leap in Read more

Plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles ‘champions’ of advanced propulsion

Electrification and hydrogen fuel cell technology will both be instrumental in powering vehicles in the near future. This was the message delivered as Kevin E Layden, Global Director of Powertrain Engineering for Ford Motor Company, and Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Hyundai Motor Europe, debated strategies for advanced propulsion at the 2014 SMMT International Automotive Summit.

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The automotive conference of 2014


Now in its sixth year, the Summit attracted 200 senior delegates from the automotive industry – MD level, as well as directors of marketing, corporate and public affairs, engineering, assembly, sales, planning and operations.



The day included:

  • An industry keynote speech from Ian Harnett, Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover and an address by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable MP.


The conference then broke into two streams in the afternoon, covering:

  • The potential for vehicle manufacturers to use new technologies, connectivity and data to enhance their products.
  • How technology is enhancing and not replacing the retail experience – but how that, in turn, is changing the nature of dealerships.

There was a session investigating the skills needs of the industry, with particular focus on developing existing talent and leadership.

Speakers/Panelists included:

  • Richard Bruges, CEO, Productiv
  • Graeme Carver, CEO, Motorexpo
  • Georg Ell, Country Director, UK and Ireland, Tesla Motors
  • Henry Foy, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Chas Hallett, Brand Editor, Autocar
  • Jerry Hardcastle OBE, VP Technical Centre Europe, Nissan Europe
  • Kevin E Layden, Global Director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • John Leech, UK Head of Automotive, KPMG LLP
  • Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Hyundai Motor Europe
  • Stuart Moran, UK Head of Automotive, Siemens Industry
  • Tony Pixton, CEO, Advanced Propulsion Centre
  • Adam Pumfrey, Chief Operating Officer, Courland International
  • Nick Ratcliffe, Head of Marketing, Audi UK
  • Rob Rickell, SVP Engineering, GKN Driveline
  • Adam Singer, Chairman, British Screen Advisory Council
  • Ian Webber, Head of Automotive, Microsoft
  • Dr Tim Woolmer, CTO, YASA Motors

The event was be chaired by the broadcaster Justin Webb. Click through to see the full agenda and speaker list.


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