Are we on the road to nowhere?

Is the automotive industry really nosediving into a bleak future, or are we riding high on a wave of commercial opportunity?

Are we on the road to nowhere?

The past few years have seen an air of uncertainty rise in the automotive industry. After celebrating its resurgence in the first half of the decade the tide has turned and conversations on the demise of the sector are increasingly common. The industry faces many challenges, from increasingly difficult-to-meet environmental targets, the banning of technologies, lack of public trust, not to mention Brexit.

But is the automotive industry really nosediving into a bleak future, or are we riding high on a wave of commercial opportunity? Future bans imposed on traditional ICE technology have been complimented by a monumental increase in the investment in the UK’s electrified supply chain. Brexit discussions are yet to conclude what the trade barriers will look like in the future, but could this offer hidden benefits for the UK?

Despite all the noise – the UK automotive industry is still ploughing ahead at a faster rate than ever. New ground breaking technologies continue to be developed, UK based organisations are still breaking into new overseas markets, while the zero emission 2040 deadline is accelerating the development of alternative technologies.

There is a lot happening and the industry is changing dramatically. What do you think? Are we digging the grave for the automotive industry, or digging a goldmine of opportunities?

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Agenda
TIME TITLE SPEAKER TITLE
12:00 Registration and refreshments

Registration and refreshments

13:00 What does Brexit mean for UK automotive policy?

Konstanze Scharring

Director of Policy, SMMT

What does Brexit mean for UK automotive policy?

Konstanze Scharring

Director of Policy, SMMT

13:20 Brexit from an economist's perspective - what is the reality for UK businesses?

Chris Giles

Economics Editor, Financial Times

Brexit from an economist's perspective - what is the reality for UK businesses?

Chris Giles

Economics Editor, Financial Times

13:40 What are the key findings from the UN's IPCC report and how will that impact our industry?

Dr Marc Stettler

Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

What are the key findings from the UN's IPCC report and how will that impact our industry?

Dr Marc Stettler

Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

14:00 From motorsport to manufacturing - what are the UK's capabilities?

Richard Phillips

Enterprise Account Director, GE Digital

Iain Wight

Business Development Director, Williams Advanced Engineering

Al Peasland

Head of Partnerships, Roborace

From motorsport to manufacturing - what are the UK's capabilities?

Richard Phillips

Enterprise Account Director, GE Digital

Iain Wight

Business Development Director, Williams Advanced Engineering

Al Peasland

Head of Partnerships, Roborace

15:00 Networking and refreshments

Networking and refreshments

15:30 It's not all doom and gloom - what are the opportunities available in the move to low emission vehicle technology?

Neil Morris

CEO, The Faraday Institution

Stephen Doran

CEO, CSA Catapult

Caspar Rawles

Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

It's not all doom and gloom - what are the opportunities available in the move to low emission vehicle technology?

Neil Morris

CEO, The Faraday Institution

Stephen Doran

CEO, CSA Catapult

Caspar Rawles

Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

16:30 Leading the change

Paul Sloane

Leadership and Innovation Expert

Leading the change

Paul Sloane

Leadership and Innovation Expert

16:50 Closing comments

Philippa Oldham

Head of National Networks, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Closing comments

Philippa Oldham

Head of National Networks, Advanced Propulsion Centre

17:00 Continue the debate over a glass of wine

Continue the debate over a glass of wine

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