The UK’s automotive sector finds itself in challenging times, given the uncertainties created by the nation’s looming exit from the EU. And like other regions, Britain’s automotive sector is simultaneously squaring up to rapid advances in vehicle technology, regulation, manufacturing methods, information technology and mobility patterns – all of which are driving radical transformation across the global automotive landscape.
With such great challenges come great opportunities, however, and those who can navigate all the coming change and thrive on the complexity will be in an excellent position to keep Britain moving.
This year’s Automotive Logistics UK summit, taking place on 9-10 October at Silverstone, is designed to help do just that, and will be based on four key pillars:
Despite uncertainty over the future of its economy and trading relationships with other countries, the UK remains a dynamic and vibrant player on the global automotive scene in terms of domestic vehicle production, supply of automotive components, and demand for finished vehicles and spare parts. Working out how to maintain smooth domestic and international supply chains will be critical
Automation, artificial intelligence, analytics and other industry 4.0 technologies are transforming productivity in both manufacturing and distribution of vehicles and parts. Maintaining and improving on the UK’s current level of productivity will depend on further adoption of such technology, as well as sharing best practice, learning from other sectors and a willingness to exchange knowledge and inspire.
The car of the future is already driving change in logistics, with electric powertrains altering the materials and manufacturing methods required and autonomous vehicles potentially turning current production and logistics processes on their head. Meanwhile, changing mobility patterns and ownership models are reshaping consumer expectations. Logistics networks need to make sure they are ready.
Talent and skills
Harnessing the true power of technology in logistics operations and driving innovation through the business ultimately depends not just on IT but on the motivation, calibre and skills of your people. Finding, training and retaining staff to achieve the right level of talent and expertise will be fundamental to success, as the UK market evolves.
➣Complimentary places are available for those attending
➣Early booking discount available for a limited period