Partner organisations

The Automotive Council works closely with a number of organisations in addition to industry to take forward its priorities.

Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC)

Government and industry are investing around £1 billion over the next 10 years in an Advanced Propulsion Centre to research, develop and commercialise the next generation of low carbon technologies. The APC helps forge partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC will enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved and contribute to the UK’s economic prosperity. This investment has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain.

Construction Equipment Association

The Construction Equipment Association is the trade association that represents the UK construction equipment sector.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the department for economic growth. The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. It also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. BEIS has a dedicated Automotive Unit which also provides the secretariat function to the Automotive Council UK.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade is the Government department responsible for promoting British trade across the world, ensuring the UK takes advantage of the opportunities available. It also helps overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK. The Automotive Investment Organisation, in the Department for International Trade, works specifically to bring automotive supply chain companies to the UK. 

High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a catalyst for future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK. It is a strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry. The HVM Catapult’s network consists of seven technology and innovation centres, established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board with over £200m of government investment. To date TSB has invested a total of £310m in its automotive programmes.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency looking to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. They are positioning the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative business which can apply technology rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life.

Motorcycle Industry Association

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) has looked after the interests of the motorcycle industry for over 100 years. MCI members are manufacturers and importers of powered two wheelers and the suppliers of associated goods and services in the UK. The MCI objectives are to promote, protect and expand the motorcycle industry for the benefit of our members.

Motorsport Industry Association

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. The MIA represents the specialised needs of this highly successful global industry as it undergoes continuing rapid development throughout the world.

Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is a team working across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). They are providing support for the take-up of plug in vehicles, as well as funding to support chargepoint infrastructure across the UK. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads. 

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media.

The Institute of Digital Engineering (IDE)

IDE is a government funded virtual institute leading the Advancing Digitalisation Mission of the UK’s Automotive Council. It works across industry, academia, and government to drive a step change in the automotive sector’s ability to innovate, engineer and manufacture the next generation of highly complex mobility solutions.

It’s approach is based on cross-sector industry engagement to ensure strategic alignment. Since late 2018, the IDE’s team of experts has consulted with various UK based OEMs to determine their priorities in the digital realm. With a primary focus on the creation, launch and operation of products in the automotive sector its goal is to improve the current automotive product creation process through the introduction and application of advanced digital instruments, making the process faster, better and cheaper establishing the UK as the global leader in digital engineering. 

Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. Some of the early challenges that will be addressed through the Catapult include seamless journey systems, remote asset management and monitoring, traffic management and control systems, journey assistance systems, infrastructure integrity and security, connected vehicles.