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    News » JLR commits to UK supplier base for Evoque

    November 28th 2018 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has used the launch of its new Range Rover Evoque SUV to confirm its commitment to the supplier base in the UK by awarding more than £4 billion ($5.1 billion) in contracts to support production of the model. The carmaker did not say whether any of the contracts increased UK domestic […]
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    Opinion » Stockpiling strategies to survive Brexit

    October 29th 2018 The prospect of Brexit in just a few months, deal or no deal, has focused minds on the inevitable consequence of supply chain interruption. The British media have begun to report the likelihood of stockpiling goods and even panic buying of certain products such as pharmaceuticals and food – although fresh produce can’t be stockpiled […]
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    News » BMW and Toyota could leave UK after no-deal Brexit

    October 3rd 2018 BMW and Toyota have said this week that they could withdraw from the UK if there is disruption to business caused by a no-deal Brexit. Speaking at the start of the Paris Motor Show, BMW’s CEO, Harald Krüger said the carmaker could shift production of the Mini from Oxford to its plant in the Netherlands […]
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    News » No-deal Brexit could cost car industry billions

    September 26th 2018 While the political debate and negotiations continue, two car plants in the UK plan production changes and the SMMT has warned a no-deal Brexit could add at least £5 billion ($6.6 billion, €5.6 billion) in tariffs for the EU’s automotive industry. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it is making some temporary adjustments to production schedules […]
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    News » Brexit’s unaccustomed burdens

    June 27th 2018 Nine months before the UK’s planned departure from the European Union, uncertainty over customs arrangements is emerging as one of the major concerns of manufacturers – perhaps just as much, if not more so, than the prospect of tariffs and taxes. The risks and impacts from delays in logistics flows and added administration are seen […]
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  • Trade agreements

    News » SMMT calls for end to Brexit uncertainty

    June 27th 2018 The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has joined major manufacturers in calling for the British government to end uncertainty over the UK’s trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit, and to ensure the frictionless flow of parts and vehicles. Speaking at a press conference during the SMMT’s annual summit in London on […]
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  • Export trends

    News » UK vehicle exports to India fall sharply

    February 6th 2018 Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have shown a growing divide between the number of finished vehicles the UK imports from India and the number it exports to the country. According to the SMMT, finished vehicle imports from India into the UK grew by 8.3% in 2017 to 34,149 units. UK […]
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  • 20th anniversary features: Supply chain globalisation

    Intelligence » The twilight of global trade?

    November 6th 2017 If there’s one word that sums up much of the last 20 years in terms of the world’s automotive industry, it’s ‘globalisation’. Driven by rising sales in emerging markets, low-cost country sourcing, and the search for economies of scale, carmakers have invested heavily in building international supply chains of finished vehicles and automotive components, not […]
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  • Government policy

    News » Petrol and diesel ban raises questions over UK’s ability to adapt to electrification

    August 2nd 2017 Last week’s proposal by the UK government to ban sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 raises some serious questions over the UK’s ability to adapt to greater electrification, senior industry observers have pointed out. Reacting to the joint announcement by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, Mike […]
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  • International trade

    News » Further stark warnings issued over impact of Brexit on UK automotive sector

    August 2nd 2017 The UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that a sudden exit from the European Union in 2019 could knock the country’s production rate back to 2016 levels. Its warning was issued in the same week as separate analysis highlighting the risk of cost increases for the aftermarket parts industry as a result of […]
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