The reports and papers below are available to download:
Following the 2011 report, automotive businesses have been pursuing these opportunities on a commercial basis with many making public statements about increasing local content. However the results also indicated a strategic opportunity to look beyond individual company demand to look at the aggregated purchasing power of the UK as a means to attract further investment. In order to take this forward the Automotive Council commissioned an update to the original report to take account of the significant recent investments by the sector and increased UK output.
The basis of this 2012 Update was to establish a robust list of critical parts – components and assemblies – which UK-based vehicle manufacturers were actively seeking to source from the UK.
The findings from the report above reveal that approximately 80% of all components required for vehicle assembly operations in the UK could be procured from locally-based suppliers, leading to lower logistics costs, better support from suppliers, responsive configuration of parts, as well as the flexibility to adjust to volume and product mix fluctuations. The roadmap identifies several key opportunities for retaining and building supply chain capabilities through visualising the key short-term and medium-term opportunities, as well as the areas where critical support is required for the UK automotive supply chain.
Within the presentation above, Professor Neville Jackson sets out the common research agenda needed to deliver the consensus OEM roadmap and reports back on the in-depth industry consultation which was carried out to establish the wider R&D capability in the UK using a survey and workshops.
The presentation also outlines the five priority R&D areas identified through the research which are as follows:
• Internal Combustion Engines
• Electric machines and power electronics
• Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
• Intelligent Transport Systems
• Energy storage and energy management
The download above represents a guide to recognised stages of development within the automotive industry. It has been created by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), in association with the Automotive Council, the Technology Strategy Board and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It draws on established practices for defining technology development, helping to sustain and develop industrial capability and position the UK as a leader in low and ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies.
The report above was commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) at the request of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT), the precursor to the Automotive Council. It has revealed for the first time the areas of the automotive industry where the UK thrives, and where capability could be developed. Conducted by Ricardo UK, the study looks in detail at each technology area within the auto industry, measuring the UK’s capability.
UK OEM Consensus Passenger Car Technology Roadmap
Commercial Vehicle and Off-highway Low Carbon Technology Roadmap
Intelligent Mobility: A National Need?
‘Intelligent Mobility’ is an exciting prospect. It could enable travellers to plan and execute their journeys seamlessly across the whole spectrum of available transport options whilst enabling more vehicles to flow more freely through our existing infrastructure.
The concept is about ‘mobility’, rather than being about choices between cars, buses and trains as competing systems. As such, it has the potential to sweep away the ‘either/or’ decision making process between road, rail, or air transport, which characterises the conventional approaches to journey and infrastructure planning.
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