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  • Two years for Brexit deal ‘optimistic’ as FTA calls for transitional trade measures

    March 22, 2017

    With the official date now set for the UK to begin its exit negotiations with the EU, the focus has shifted onto how those discussions will progress and whether a deal can really be struck in just two years  Completing negotiations over the UK’s exit from the European Union in just two years is looking increasingly …

  • Toyota invests in UK plant but warns on post-Brexit tariffs

    March 20, 2017

    Toyota has announced plans to invest £240m ($297m) in its UK-based car plant to enable vehicle production using its new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, while also promoting UK supply chain efficiencies. It is the latest new investment decision by a major carmaker following last year’s referendum in which the UK voted to leave the …

  • Under PSA, Brexit and imported parts could put Vauxhall plants at risk

    March 7, 2017

    The long-term fate of Vauxhall post-Brexit, and as a part of French carmaker PSA Group, has become less clear because of uncertainties over how trade barriers could impact its supply chain and its role in the combined PSA-Opel production network. PSA’s €1.3 billion ($1.47 billion) acquisition from GM agreed this week of Opel and Vauxhall’s …

  • Nissan outlines UK supply chain and Brexit concerns

    March 1, 2017

    In a wide-ranging discussion with UK lawmakers, Nissan Europe’s head of supply chain spoke of the company’s preferred outcomes post-Brexit, as well as warning of the need to increase domestic supply Colin Lawther, Nissan’s senior vice-president for manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing in Europe warned UK lawmakers in London this week of an urgent need for …

  • PSA talks with labour and governments over Opel deal

    February 22, 2017

    Senior management officials within PSA Group have made a number of commitments regarding jobs and plants in meetings with Opel stakeholders this week in Germany and the UK – promises that could impact the future shape of a combined PSA-Opel supply chain across Europe. Last week, PSA Group confirmed it might acquire Opel/Vauxhall, leading to some …

  • For UK carmakers, ‘Global Britain’ may not be enough

    January 26, 2017

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK automotive trade body, has welcomed the UK government’s ambitions to develop new free trade deals that could benefit the automotive industry, including with large markets like the US and China, after it leaves the European customs union. However, the group warned that such deals might …

  • Record UK vehicle exports while Brexit weighs on investment and supply chain

    January 26, 2017

    UK car production reached its highest level this century in 2016, while vehicle exports surpassed an all-time record for the second year in a row, according to UK automotive trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, following years of high investment in plants, new models and across the supply chain, spending …

  • It may not be popular, but collaboration is still the only smart option

    January 26, 2017

    Despite the rise in populist protectionism so clearly underlined by the UK’s recent vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s surprising US election win, working together remains the only sensible way forward Supply chain experts will spend 2017 dealing with the aftermath of the protectionist sentiments that helped propel the UK vote to leave …

  • Automotive and logistics in focus for UK industrialisation strategy

    January 25, 2017

    UK prime minister Theresa May’s plan for the future of British industry following the country’s exit from the European Union (EU) has included guidance on the development of its “world-leading” automotive sector. However, while the 132-page plan gives an approximation of where its competitiveness should be enhanced, the real detail has yet to be drawn …

  • Brexit: Why a nod of recognition is not enough to calm the nerves

    January 18, 2017

    Insights from British prime minister Theresa May this week into how she sees the UK’s exit from the European Union panning out have done little to address the main concerns of the automotive sector You might accuse the current British government of many things in its strategy for leaving the European Union – from a lack of clarity on issues …