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Industry leaders discuss UK's automotive future

The future of the UK motor industry will be discussed today by more than 120 industry leaders, Government and stakeholders at the first Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit at the QEII centre in Westminster.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: "The SMMT Summit provides industry with a unique and valuable opportunity to look beyond recession and shape the future of the UK’s automotive sector.

"This year has presented unique challenges for the industry and has demonstrated the value of a collaborative approach."

Lord Peter Mandelson, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, will speak on the contribution that manufacturing makes to the UK economy (turnover exceeds £52 billion annually) and the Government’s commitment to the sector, building on its recent acceptance of key strategic recommendations made by the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT).

In addition to Lord Mandelson, 14 others will speak, including: Richard Parry-Jones (NAIGT chairman), Ravi Kant (Tata Motors vice-chairman), Mark Prisk (Conservative shadow business minister), Professor Neville Jackson (Ricardo group technology director), Joe Greenwell (Ford of Britain chairman, SMMT president) and Paul Everitt (SMMT chief executive).

These speakers will address:

  • The UK as a location for automotive investment.
  • The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing and how to attract investment to ensure future employment and prosperity.
  • Technology challenges for developing cleaner, safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Development of ultra-low carbon vehicles and related consumer buying behaviour.

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