Automotive aftermarket moving forward with SMMT

21 November 2001 #SMMT News

SMMT today hosted its first aftermarket media event. The meeting

heralded the start of a new, sustained effort to bring home the importance of

the aftermarket to the motor industry, highlighting some of the issues affecting

aftermarket members.

SMMT member companies presented an overview of the aftermarket

to delegates, describing the importance of its activity groups. These ensure

that all SMMT members have an active and equal voice in the policy and decision

making process.

One of the most important issues for aftermarket members is

garage standards. David Dangerfield of Delphi presented the sector’s views,

calling for better care and training from those at the sharp end, working with

aftermarket products.

Following the presentations, the media were given the opportunity

to talk candidly with industry players. Delegates were also provided with the

latest information on auto1, the leading biennial aftermarket

event to be held at the NEC, Birmingham in April 2003.

Speaking at the event SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan

said, ‘The UK aftermarket is incredibly large and diverse, and a significant

employer in Britain. In a high-profile industry we need to ensure that we do

not lose sight of its interests. Events like this ensure that no one is left

in any doubt about its importance and the issues we face.’

Note to editors:

SMMT organises the only biennial specialist aftermarket event

auto1, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 27 to 30

April, 2003.

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