SMMT Open Forum highlights importance of CV sector

31 March 2011 #SMMT News

SMMT yesterday hosted its second Open Forum event of the year which focused on component and commercial vehicle manufacturing. Over 70 people attended the event which welcomed van, truck, trailer, bus and component manufacturers and bodybuilders to discuss aspects of the UK’s supply chain, technology issues and the manufacturing outlook.

Attendees were offered greater insight into respective manufacturing sectors through presentations from industry experts.

Neville Jackson, Chief Technology and Innovation officer and member of the Automotive Council Technology Group, provided an overview of the technology issues facing the commercial and off-road vehicle sectors. Presentations were also given by Ian Henry, Director of AutoAnalysis and independent Analyst, Peter Symons which outlined the future outlook for the sector.

A panel discussion provided an opportunity for attendees to put questions to the speakers, followed by closing remarks from SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt.

SMMT took the opportunity to announce the appointment of Nigel Base as Commercial Vehicle Development Manager at the forum too. Nigel joins SMMT from his most recent role as Aftermarket Director at a premium truck manufacturer and will be responsible for strengthening the standing of the UK commercial vehicle sector. The role will continue to build positive relationships between UK-based commercial vehicle manufacturers and industry bodies.

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