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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.Read more
Income generated by UK car exports more than doubled over the last decade according to new analysis by automotive industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Read more
Ian Harnett outlines challenges to growing the UK supply chain at SMMT International Automotive SummitRead more
Everyone in the UK automotive industry needs to play their part in marketing and promoting the sector as effectively as possible.Read more
The ‘skills gap’ is one of the automotive industry’s hottest issues as new technologies and growing manufacturing combine to drive up the volume and sophistication of modern motor vehicles and components.Read more
The meteoric rise of digital technology is changing the whole culture around the car buying process, according to industry leaders speaking at the SMMT International Automotive Summit.Read more
The automotive and finance industries must work to change the process for manufacturing new technologies in large quantities, a panel of experts at the 2014 SMMT International Automotive Summit has suggested.Read more
The UK not only has a history of advanced propulsion but, thanks to the Advanced Propulsion Centre, has the opportunity to make it a global centre for low carbon powertrain development and production.Read more
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.Read more
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.
- 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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