The development of low carbon-focused technology in the automotive sector has received a multi-million pound boost in recent months.
A series of international events have supported UK small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop international links since 2016.
Strengthening international partnerships
The government-supported Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has played a crucial role in the creation of UK Pavilions at 23 global automotive industry events in the last three years.
During this time, 233 companies have participated in the programme and more than £1.5 million of investment has been secured each year for these businesses, on average. Meanwhile, more than 25,000 UK jobs have been created or safeguarded through the APC’s R&D portfolio.
Ian Constance, chief executive of the APC, stated: “Building strong international relationships has perhaps never been more important to the UK automotive industry and the UK Pavilions are playing a pivotal role in this process.”
He added the ability of SMEs to develop programmes at scale, with major international partners, represents a significant success story for the UK’s automotive sector.
In total, more than 1,500 sales leads have been developed through SME participation in UK Pavilions at international events.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Working to showcase the innovative technology of UK SMEs is important for the future of the nation’s automotive sector. Maintaining strong links with international partners is key to this process.”
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Posted on 25th March 2019
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