Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT has welcomed the appointments of Dr Gerhard Schmidt as Chair, and Tony Pixton as Chief Executive of the new Advanced Propulsion Centre.
Speaking on the news, Mike Hawes said, “Over the next decade, the UK has a great opportunity to develop new technologies and accelerate their introduction to the mass market. In doing so, we will help generate and retain jobs in the UK, particularly in R&D and through the supply chain. It is important that Dr Schmidt and Mr Pixton have the consistent support of industry and government to deliver these important aims.”
Part of the automotive industrial strategy, the APC will channel £1 billion of investment from government and industry over the next 10 years to speed up the development of greener technologies for engines. Widely backed across the sector, including supply chain companies, the centre is expected to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and create many more in the supply chain.
The full news release on the appointments can be found here