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  • 2017 UK Automotive Sustainability Report

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    smmt-logoThe UK automotive industry had another successful year in 2016, with production achieving the best performance since the turn of the century, record exports and an all-time high for new vehicle registrations. At the same time, manufacturers delivered on key environmental indicators, including CO2, energy, water and waste per vehicle produced, while improving their economic and social performance.

    For this report, we welcome three new signatories: Lotus, McLaren Automotive and ATP, a remanufacturing company, further enlarging the breadth of businesses this report covers. Lotus and McLaren Automotive join Aston Martin to give the report additional insight into the small volume manufacturing sector and you’ll find a specific focus on this sector on page 11. The total number of signatories has risen to a new high of 28, representing an even broader range of member company activities.

    In addition, for the first time, SMMT has undertaken a materiality assessment, examining current, emerging and future priorities of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, as well as other stakeholders, including government advisors, academics, charities, environmental NGOs and trade unions.

    The SMMT Sustainability Report 2017 is the 18th edition – the longest standing sector sustainability report.

    For more information please click ‘View’.

  • Growing the Automotive Supply Chain: Local Vehicle Content Analysis

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    auto-council-logo_col-2New Automotive Council study shows 44% of parts used to make UK cars now come from UK suppliers, up from 41% in 2015

    UK car part makers boost turnover by £3.7 billion since 2011
    Long-term trend for reshoring continues – local content was just 36% in 2011
    Cars manufactured in Britain are becoming more British, according to a new Automotive Council study released today (June 2017).

    The report, Growing the Automotive Supply Chain – Local Vehicle Content Analysis, shows that 44% of all components used by UK car makers now come from domestic suppliers, compared with 41% in 2015 when the study was last carried out.

    Click on ‘View’ for the full report.

  • Lloyds Bank Automotive Report 2017

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    Manufacturers in the automotive sector are looking to create new growth opportunities and significantly boost their investment in R&D, according to our latest research.
    Research for our third annual report was conducted following the result of the EU Referendum and it found the sector is optimistic about the future but keeping an eye on the long-term.
    Encouragingly, investment plans remained stable with manufacturers planning to invest 19 per cent of turnover in their business over the next two years. Job creation plans have held firm too, with the sector set to create around 85,000 new jobs before 2019.
    More key findings include:

    • 77% are investing in, or planning to engage new international customers in the next two years
    • Firms are forecasting an average growth of 15% of turnover over the next two years – up slightly from 14 per cent last year
    • 64% are planning to develop low carbon or electric vehicle technology
    • Businesses are planning to invest 24% of turnover in research and development over the next two years

    Read more on this article by clicking on ‘View’.

  • Industrial Strategy Green Paper – A Midlands Automotive Supply Chain Response

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    The automotive sector is of central importance to the UK as a source of employment and generator of growth through continued investment. It also drives a range of new technologies such as battery technology and energy storage for electric vehicles.

    Following the release by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper covering regulatory barriers, trade deals, innovation and skills, Drive Midlands was asked to coordinate a Midlands automotive industry response as to what a sector ‘deal’ might look like.

    Download our report on this response.