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SMMT International Automotive Summit 2021- Hybrid Conference

Tuesday 29 June 2021

The SMMT International Automotive Summit is an integral fixture in the UK automotive calendar; providing an opportunity for the automotive industry to come together to analyse and discuss the pertinent issues impacting their businesses and the industry as a whole.

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Speakers included senior executives from vehicle manufacturers, policy makers and a host of content experts from the automotive and aligned industries.

This year’s agenda addressed key areas of transformation affecting the industry including emerging trading arrangements with Europe, business opportunities presented by the electrification of vehicles, future skills requirements, and the digitalisation of the supply chain. The panels looked at:

  • Competitiveness and Industry Transformation
  • The UK as a Centre of Excellence for Specialist Manufacturing
  • The Future of Automotive Jobs
  • Digitalisation
  • The Business Opportunities and Ramifications of Decarbonisation

Speakers included:

  • Mike Ableson, Chief Executive, Arrival Automotive North America
  • Ruth Nic Aoidh, Executive Director of Purchasing, SQA, Commercial, Government Affairs and Legal, McLaren Automotive
  • Buta Atwal, Chief Executive, Wrightbus
  • Katherine Bennett CBE, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Sreenivasa Chakravarti, Vice President and Head of the Business Practice of the Manufacturing Business Group
  • John Comer, Head of Product Management, Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland
  • Dr Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board of Management People, Digitalisation & IT, Bentley Motors
  • Tim Freeman, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK)
  • Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng, Chair, Enginuity Group
  • Joerg Hofmann, Chief Executive, LEVC
  • Dr John M Neill CBE, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Unipart Group
  • Richard Peberdy, Head of Automotive, KPMG
  • Ian Plummer, Commercial Director, Auto Trader
  • Alex Smith, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group United Kingdom
  • Brian Steeds, Head of Commercial Development – Automotive, Associated British Ports
  • Michael Straughan, Chief Operating Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
  • Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First
  • Adam Wray-Summerson, Project and Market Development Manager, Clarke Energy
  • Prof. Bradley Yorke-Biggs, Chief Executive and Professor of Practice, Institute of Digital Engineering

The event attracted an audience of hundreds of senior executives from across many industry sectors, including vehicle manufacturers, component manufacturers and the aftermarket, as well as aligned industries, policy makers and the media.

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