SMMT announces agenda for International Automotive Summit

16 March 2011 #SMMT News

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced the plenary programme for the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit.

Stephen T Odell, Ford Group Vice President and Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which takes place in Westminster on 28 June. Odell’s address will start the day, followed by a Q&A session and panel debate with industry experts representing the breadth of the automotive sector to explore what the UK has to offer the global motor industry.

Sessions on the transition to ultra-low carbon transport and the future of car retailing continue the programme, before a leading government minister will give an overview on where the automotive industry is heading and its role in the wider economy.

Throughout the day, parallel sessions will also run on topics such as low carbon commercial vehicles, raising investment, increasing export potential and the evolving world of vehicle remarketing. Full details on these sessions will be announced soon, along with confirmation of speakers.

Summit plenary programme:

09:30    Opening remarks          

                Justin Webb

09:45    Industry keynote speaker          

                Stephen T Odell

10:30    What UK plc has to offer the global motor industry        

                Panel debate

11:15    Refreshment break

12:00    Technology: moving towards an ultra-low carbon future  

                Panel of speakers and Q&A

13:30    Lunch

14:30    The changing face of car retailing

                Panel of speakers and Q&A

 16:15    Political keynote speaker

17:00    Closing remarks

                 Paul Everitt

Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit or contact Charlene Harry on 020 8267 5657 or   

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