10 January 2020 #CEO Update

A fast start to the New Year with SMMT trips to CES in Las Vegas and EV100 in Beijing with UK companies, flying the flag for UK Automotive which remains ‘open for business’ as we seek to confront technological challenges

13 December 2019 #CEO Update

After a roller coaster election campaign, the results have been counted and we have a new government. We congratulate the Conservatives on their election success and look forward to working with the new government at this critical time for the

06 December 2019 #Uncategorised

SMMT this week hosted the UK pavillion at Automechanika Shanghai, the largest aftermarket exhibition in Asia and the ideal platform for accessing the huge Chinese aftermarket. The show featured more than 6,000 exhibitors and attracts 150,000 visitors. We will back

06 December 2019 #CEO Update

Another month of decline in car registrations encapsulates the difficulties facing the automotive industry, with buyers holding back for various reasons. Weak consumer confidence, wider economic uncertainty and confusion over policy around clean air zones are all conspiring to depress

29 November 2019 #CEO Update

Yet another month of falling car production in the UK – numbers were down -4.0% in October, with 134,752 units coming off production lines. This means that output has dropped in 16 of the last 17 months, with August 2019

22 November 2019 #CEO Update

This week SMMT joined some of the UK’s leading auto-tech companies in Los Angeles as part of a Department for International Trade delegation to Automobility LA. Its mission was to highlight UK expertise and opportunities, as well as funding, in

15 November 2019 #CEO Update

It was encouraging to see this week that used car sales have bounced back by 0.9% in the third quarter of 2019 after nine successive quarters of decline. It has been a volatile market in recent times, but we need

08 November 2019 #CEO Update

This week’s new car registration figures were another sobering reminder that consumer confidence in the UK remains weak. The overall market remains tough, with October representing the eighth month of decline in 2019 as passenger car numbers dropped -6.7% on

01 November 2019 #Uncategorised

SMMT will be in Los Angeles from 18-20 November for AutoMobility LA to meet with local stakeholders and promote UK Automotive. We will be joint hosting a reception with the Department for International Trade on Tuesday 19 November where SMMT

01 November 2019 #CEO Update

Sadly, there’s little surprise that this month’s manufacturing figures are again bad news, thanks to ongoing domestic and international market contraction. There is also, of course, the continuing uncertainty over Brexit and the consequent political and economic anxiety, which has

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