Next stop ‘Change’ – mind the gaps
Planning your supply chain journey through risks and opportunities
The UK’s automotive industry sits at a crossroad. While production output continues to grow, driven by buoyant export demand, registrations of new cars in the country suffered a near-20% decline in April compared to the same month last year, leaving total sales in the first four months just 1% up on 2016.
At the same time, there is considerable uncertainty in the UK’s automotive sector in light of the nation’s decision to exit the European Union and the potential change this could force – both upon the country’s car industry itself and its relationship with its trading partners.
This uncertainty is hampering planning and leading some to delay key investment decisions, whether those related to the structure of the industry or those pertaining to efficiency upgrades and the introduction of new technology.
Only recently, Nissan Europe’s head of supply chain, Colin Lawther, highlighted the need for UK carmakers to source more parts locally in light of all this and called for the UK government to invest to help support greater localisation, as well as the imminent shift towards electric and autonomous vehicles. “I think [the supply base] is one of the critical success factors and if we don’t, as a country, really invest in the supply base, my fear is it could be a house-of-cards effect,” he said.
What’s clear from all this is that the UK faces change. But while change brings many challenges, it also brings many opportunities for those who are sufficiently prepared to make the most of them.
Doing just this will be the issue at the centre of discussions at this year’s Automotive Logistics UK summit, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to find the best ways through all the risks and opportunities that await.
About the conference
Now in its second year, Automotive Logistics UK has quickly established itself as a ‘must-attend’ event on the automotive logistics calendar.
“Worth attending – great networking opportunity,” said Paul Westbury, Purchasing Manager at Nissan after last year’s inaugural summit. “Excellent networking opportunity and a chance to understand latest industry thinking,” agreed Richard Marlow, Planning and Strategy Manager, UK Plant Group, MP&L at Jaguar Land Rover. “Great overview of common opportunities and challenges in the automotive logistics world,” added Rocky Vasudeva, General Manager at Hyundai Mobis.
This year’s one-day summit will be held at The Grove, in Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, and will provide a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.
- entry to the pre-conference networking drinks reception
- admission to all speaker presentations and Q&A sessions
- networking lunch and coffee breaks
- messaging and comment options via the in-summit app
- access to the Live streaming service
- a place at the fabulous Automotive Logistics UK gala dinner
- copies of speaker presentations to download after the event.
Register here to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for a day that will help your automotive logistics operations in the UK position themselves to make the most of the many challenges and opportunities ahead.