New Council will support UK car industry

12 November 2009

The UK automotive industry will be supported by a new Automotive Council designed to help the industry meet long term strategic challenges. The Council will be chaired by the UK’s business secretary, Lord Mandelson and ex-Ford boss Richard Parry-Jones.

Through areas such as innovation and high-skilled job creation, the automotive sector is hoped to drive the UK’s economic growth. The industry is at a technological turning point in radically reducing carbon emissions and investment now will be critical to its success.

The Council will work to help the UK car industry build on its strengths and develop the new capabilities needed to compete in a competitive global market. The move is part of the Government’s response to wide ranging recommendations made in a report from the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT) published earlier this year, setting out its 20-year vision for the automotive industry.

Lord Mandelson said: “The Automotive Council will be an opportunity for Government and industry to work together on the long term strategic development of the sector. The car industry needs to capitalise on the economic opportunities and job creation offered by the shift to low carbon.

“I am delighted that Richard Parry-Jones will be continuing the good work he started with NAIGT as chairman of the Automotive Council.”

Parry-Jones said: "I'm delighted to co-chair the Automotive Council and take forward the long term strategic agenda laid out in the NAIGT report. The UK must raise its game to compete for international investment in automotive R&D and manufacturing.

“To do that, the UK’s car manufacturers need an ever more strategic, collaborative relationship with the Government and to be working with the supply chain and other stakeholders to achieve long term goals. I want the Council to make that happen".

The first meeting is expected to be held in December.

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