Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has announced that the Government is setting up a new Automotive Council to address the long term strategic challenges facing the UK car industry. The Government’s view is that through areas such as innovation and high-skilled job creation, the automotive sector will be driving the UK’s economic growth. With the industry at a technological turning point in radically reducing carbon emissions, investment now will be critical to its success.
To ensure that the UK’s car industry can build on its strengths and develop the new capabilities needed to compete in a competitive global market, Lord Mandelson said the Council will have an important strategic role in helping to achieve these goals.
The move is part of the Government’s response to the 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.
The Council will be chaired jointly by Lord Mandelson and by ex-Ford boss Richard Parry-Jones. The Automotive Council will be tasked with taking forward the agreed actions from the NAIGT report including the importance of the technology road maps and developing a stronger supply chain.
Business Secretary 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.
The NAIGT report and the Government’s response can be found at: www.bis.gov.uk.