UK car production

Decline in exports hampers UK car production

An ongoing decline in exports is hampering production volumes in the UK automotive market, new figures have revealed.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has recorded a 14th successive monthly decline in UK car output in July.


International headwinds hinder markets

According to the SMMT’s findings, UK vehicle manufacturing output fell by 10.6 per cent in July in comparison to the same month last year. It represents a sustained drop-off in production, with analysts arguing a lack of export activity is largely to blame.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes stated: “Another month of decline for UK car manufacturing is a  serious concern.

“The sector is overwhelmingly reliant on exports and the global headwinds are strong, with escalating trade tensions, softening demand and significant technological change.”

Overall, export orders are down by 20 per cent since January against the same period last year, and with the majority of UK production for export buyers, this represents a major difficulty for manufacturers to overcome.

This downturn is especially frustrating, as it comes at a time when domestic demand for new models continues to improve, having risen by 10.2 per cent during the last 12 months.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Difficulties in international markets have placed significant pressure on the UK automotive sector in recent months. The problem is, there’s no real end in sight to this dilemma.”

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Low Carbon Vehicle Show

Govt to host ‘meet the experts’ sessions at LCV2019

This year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Show (LCV2019) will play host to a number of sessions where visitors can meet with representatives from six government departments.

The aim is to help businesses in the automotive sector to better understand the government’s ongoing Road to Zero strategy.

Ambitious plans that need further support

Hosted on the UK Government Pavilion and managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the sessions will cover everything from how to get involved in funding options that are available.

It aims to ensure automotive organisations have all the necessary information to be able to successfully commercialise new innovations in the low-carbon sector and bring them to market.

Chris Harris, business development lead at the APC, commented: “By pre-booking an appointment, technology developers will have a guaranteed opportunity to sit down and discuss their specific challenge with one of our experienced experts.

“By providing this unique level of access and dedicated attention, we’ll continue to help strengthen the UK’s leading position in clean transport and mobility solutions.”

LCV2019 will be taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford from September 4th to 5th. Sessions, where attendees can ‘meet the experts’, will be available across both days.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “It’s great to see businesses being invited to find out more about Road to Zero, as this represents an ambitious target to deliver a cleaner, greener future for the whole of the country.”

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Arundel Bypass

Public to assess plans for new A27 Arundel Bypass

Plans to improve transport links for travellers, businesses and the local community in the Arundel area have moved forward this week.

Highways England has unveiled six options for the new A27 Arundel Bypass project, which will be put to public scrutiny in the coming weeks.

All responses are welcome

The proposed scheme will see the construction of a new dual carriageway between Worthing and the New Forest – providing a welcome boost to capacity given the current single-lane road that presently connects these areas.

Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass programme leader Jason Hones commented: “Arundel has a unique cultural heritage and is surrounded by precious special environments, which are rightly protected.

“We have assessed all the viable options in greater detail than before so that people can see and understand all the factors and help us decide which one strikes the right balance.”

A total of ten exhibits are being held across the local area in the coming weeks, where the six preferred options for the route will be highlighted.

Visitors and all those with an interest in the project are invited to have their say on the proposed works as part of a full public consultation, which now runs until October 24th.

Once decided, construction of the new bypass is expected to get underway from late 2022.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “These are ambitious plans that will be of great benefit to everyone in the Arundel area, as well as to the wider community through better, more efficient transport infrastructure.”

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commercial vehicle

Major decline in UK CV output in July

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed a massive fall in UK commercial vehicle (CV) output in July.

The sector saw a 31.2 per cent annual decline in July – the fourth consecutive month of negative growth.

Continued uncertainty hinders the market

Overall, production for the home and overseas markets fell by 16.8 and 39.8 per cent respectively.

In total, just 5,043 units were produced in July this year – compared to 7,333 in July 2018.

The year-to-date figures were equally unnerving for the UK CV industry, with the market now 18 per cent down on its position from this time last year.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: “The relatively small volumes involved in UK commercial vehicle manufacturing make it particularly susceptible to model changes and fluctuating fleet cycles.”

However, he went on to add that future investment is now reliant on the sector maintaining competitive trading conditions if manufacturers are to take advantage of the buoyant domestic van market and to grow overseas orders.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “If there’s to be any chance of recovery in the remainder of the year, businesses need certainty in key areas of the political and economic landscape – Brexit remains a spectre casting shadows over the CV market.”

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UK Road Safety Week to focus on ‘Step up for Safe Streets’

November 18th to 24th will see the return of UK Road Safety Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Step up for Safe Streets’.

Organised by Brake and sponsored by Specsavers and the Department for Transport, the week-long campaign aims to improve road safety awareness up and down the country.

Preparing for the future of UK road safety

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Road Safety Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to focus the public, organisations’ and policymakers’ attention on the vital issue of road safety.”

In 2019, the campaign will focus on how forward-thinking design for both roads and vehicles can help to stop human error from causing death or serious injury.

It also aims to highlight the importance of leading healthier lifestyles and will promote walking and cycling, as well as ensuring the air we breathe is cleaner through improved emissions standards and limits.

Campaigners and action groups will be taking part in events throughout Road Safety Week this year, with resources for all those who would like to take part in support of the annual campaign to be available from September.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Road safety should be a top priority for every motorist, so it pays to remember the precious lives that are put at risk when drivers fail to act responsibly behind the wheel.”

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