Nissan Executive Vice President to headline SMMT International Automotive Summit

19 March 2013 #SMMT News

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is today announcing that Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Company Limited will provide the keynote speech at its fifth annual summit. Now firmly established as a must-attend event in the automotive calendar, this year’s International Automotive Summit will be held at Canary Wharf on Thursday 13 June 2013.

As Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Nissan, Mr Palmer is globally responsible for product and corporate planning, programme management, market intelligence and IS as well as having worldwide responsibility for the Infiniti business unit and marketing communications.

To be chaired by national broadcaster, Justin Webb, this year’s Summit centres around three main streams:

  • The future of vehicle retail, supported by GForces Web Management.
  • Innovation in Intelligent Mobility Systems and Advanced Propulsion, supported by KPMG.
  • Growth in the automotive supply chain.

Throughout the day, panellists will explore each stream with focused session topics including the changing nature of the consumer, key technologies manufacturers are adopting and how the UK can play a major role in technology innovation. Attendees will also gain insight into vehicle manufacturers’ future purchasing strategies, funding opportunities, capital investment and workforce training in the automotive supply chain.

The event, supported by co-media partners Autocar and WhatCar?, is expected to attract up to 250 senior delegates from the full breadth of the automotive industry.  At the Summit in 2012, vehicle manufacturers represented included Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen.  Last year’s attendees included European or national CEOs/MDs of car companies as well as a number of directors of marketing, corporate and public affairs, engineering, assembly, sales, planning and operations.

Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. An earlybird SMMT-member booking rate of £225.00 +VAT is available until 29 March.

Full price tickets are priced at £250 +VAT for SMMT members and £500 +VAT for non-members. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, visit: or call SMMT on 0808 178 8818.

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The event will run alongside the Canary Wharf Motorexpo (10-16 June 2013).

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