Europe”s vehicle parts manufacturers to meet in Britain

14 June 2001 #SMMT News

Vehicle component makers from across Europe will meet in Stratford-upon-Avon

this year for the annual CLEPA* conference. The two-day conference, which is

held in a different country each year, begins on 21 June and is to be hosted

by the SMMT.

This year’s programme includes an afternoon panel discussion,

chaired by Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour. Senior executives, from Jaguar

Cars, Leyland Trucks and Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, are scheduled to talk

on themes including assemblers’ experience of component sourcing, production

trend forecasts and the position of component suppliers within a global economy.

This will be followed by delegate questions.

Looking forward to the conference, SMMT chief executive Christopher

Macgowan said, ‘The role of component suppliers to the economy should never

be underestimated and I’m delighted that CLEPA is coming to Britain this year.

Raising the profile of the competitive challenges faced by UK component suppliers

will, I hope, focus this government’s attention on easing the tax burden on

our industry.’

Notes to editors:

  1. *CLEPA is the European umbrella organisation for the global

    automotive supply industry. Its members represent almost 80 of the world’s

    most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules. National trade

    associations, including SMMT, and European sectoral associations from 18 countries

    represent more than 2,500 companies and more than two million jobs, covering

    all products and services within the automotive supply chain.
  2. The panel discussion takes place on 21 June from 15.30 –

    17.30. Taking part are Jonathan Browning, managing director Jaguar Cars, Stuart

    Heys, managing director Leyland Trucks and Rob Johnson, purchasing general

    manager Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. The panel session will not be open

    to journalists. However Malcolm Harbour, Christopher Macgowan, Trevor Bonner

    CBE and Ralf Bergner, chief executive of CLEPA, will be available for interviews

    at 2.30pm.
  3. The automotive industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing

    sector. It generates around 5.5 per cent of UK GDP and employs more than three-quarters

    of a million people. In 1999, the component sector alone was estimated to

    have generated £9bn for the UK economy.

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