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SMMT International Automotive Summit 2018

SMMT’s tenth International Automotive Summit provided a unique opportunity for discussion on the opportunities and challenges ahead for UK automotive.

With a host of topical subjects, the Summit brought together more than 350 delegates from across the industry, government and the international media for a day-long conference in central London.

Keynote speakers


The Route to 2040

One year into the government’s pledge to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel engine vehicles by 2040, our panel reviewed  opportunities and challenges for the industry, looking at vehicle technology, the changing consumer sentiment and the ideal government-industry relationship required to meet this ambitious target.


  • Mårten Levenstam, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Business Ownership, Volvo Cars
  • David Martell, Founder and Chief Executive, Chargemaster
  • Brian Mormino, Executive Director – Worldwide Environmental Strategy & Compliance, Cummins Inc.
  • Ian Plummer, Manufacturer and Agency Director, Auto Trader
  • Michael Woodward, Partner – UK Automotive Leader, Deloitte

The UK and Europe

More than a year after the triggering of Article 50 and with our industry navigating a path through Brexit, our panel reconvenedto bring a perspective on the progress of negotiations and Brexit’s longer-term implications.


  • Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times
  • Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government
  • Jeremy Cape, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

The UK – An International Perspective

Our panel discussed how our trade partners view the UK, both as an opportunity for direct investment and a potential export market.


  • Kōji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the UK
  • Ma Hui, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the
    United Kingdom

The Future of Border Logistics

Tariffs, border controls, customs procedures and a host of administrative tasks are set to be revolutionised for both exporters and importers. Our panel of experts explored the current state of negotiations and likely outcomes from a legal, technical and logistical perspective.


  • Stephan Freismuth, Customs Manager, BMW
  • Penny Todd, UK Customs Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association
  • John Keefe, UK Director of Public Affairs, Eurotunnel

UK Automotive’s 19th annual Sustainability Report reveals the manufacturing sector turned over a record £82 billion in 2017, marking an eighth consecutive year of growth.1 The sector’s improved social and economic performance was achieved while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes.

In 2017, CO2 emissions per vehicle produced fell by -9.4%, energy use per vehicle was reduced by -0.7% and water use by -7.9%. Meanwhile, waste to landfill was cut by -12.6% to a new record low of 0.7% of all waste produced, with almost 87.4% recycled. Manufacturers also continued to invest in onsite renewable energy production, with signatories to the report producing 60.5 GHh of renewable energy locally in 2017 – enough to power 15,600 homes.

Highlights of the International Automotive Summit 2018

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Notes to editors

    1. The 2018 UK Automotive Sustainability Report with data for 2017 is available to download here.