Automotive

Evolution of reshoring in the plastics industry heading into 2017

Last spring the UK experienced a growth in reshoring manufacturing, following the industry trend in North America. 18 months later, how has this evolved and what will be the impact of Brexit? Family-run, UK plastic injection moulding company Pentagon Plastics have continued to experience a resurgence in reshoring. Over the last year they have welcomed an increase in enquiries from customers that have previously used overseas suppliers. Paul Edwards, Managing Director, highlights that companies looking to bring their manufacturing back to the UK ... Read more

On The Road To Reshoring

Reshoring got top billing a couple of years ago when Prime Minister of the day David Cameron launched a government-backed reshoring initiative. This saw UK Trade & Investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) form ‘Reshore UK’ (https://is.gd/dizale). That was January 2014 and the initiative is no longer; just like MAS. Today we have ‘Growth Hubs’ and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), but a search for ‘reshoring’ at the LEP network website (https://is.gd/zehipa) delivers no related returns. So it is left to small trade association ... Read more

Automotive News, January 2017

A new report says Britain’s automotive industry looks set to continue its growth thanks to increased demand abroad and the development of cutting edge tech.  The report highlights increased demand for UK exports as well as the development of cutting edge technologies that are being demanded by manufacturers and consumers across the world. Despite the UK being the 13th largest automotive manufacturer in the world, it exports a larger proportion of automotive output than countries such as India, Brazil and France according ... Read more

Automotive News, Late November 2016

Four of Europe’s largest carmakers have joined forces to roll out a charging network for electric cars in an attempt to boost sales of battery-powered vehicles and help avoid missing CO2 targets that would leave them facing billions of euros in fines. Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW and Ford said they would build 400 charging stations starting next year, with an ambition of having “thousands” available to electric car customers across Europe by the end of the decade before new CO2 rules come into ... Read more

European Automotive Technology Roadshow, March 2017

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Autosport International, 12th – 15th January 2017

Autosport International is Europe's largest indoor pre-season motorsport event and will be celebrating its 27th anniversary between 12th-15th January 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is unique in that it encompasses two trade-only days and also two days for the general public. Featuring the very latest in motorsport, automotive and performance engineering technology, alongside cars and exhibitors from every level of motor racing, the show provides the perfect platform for members of the industry to meet, network and do business as ... Read more

Automotive News, November 2016

Strong sales across Europe helped car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover achieve its strongest global October sales to date, selling 46,325 vehicles, up 12% year-on-year. The month’s performance was reportedly driven by improved sales of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Range Rover Evoque and the Jaguar F-PACE. Jaguar Land Rover sold 480,349 vehicles in the first ten months of 2016, up 23% on the same period in the prior year. Jaguar Land Rover’s world-class engine family has been designed and built from scratch to ... Read more

Confident who owns the name on the hood?

  In this article trade mark attorney and partner at Barker Brettell, and member of the firm’s automotive sector group, Lucy Walker, looks at some of the trade mark disputes in the automotive industry and considers lessons that can be learnt as well as highlighting points for best practice. As long as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it seems there will always be trade mark battles in the automotive industry. But is it really worth the fight? In ... Read more

Automotive News, 2016

US electric carmaker Tesla, which has yet to make a profit, has reported a sharp rise in car deliveries for the past quarter. The firm said it shipped 24.500 cars in the third quarter, up 70% on the second quarter and more than double the number delivered in the same period in 2015. It also confirmed its 50,000 production target for the second half of 2016.   ____________________   Sales of new cars in the UK rose in September, helped by strong purchases from fleet buyers ... Read more

Automotive News, September 2016

Nissan is delaying new investments in its Sunderland plant until the UK has concluded Brexit negotiations with the EU, its chief executive said yesterday in the first public admission by a carmaker that concerns over future tariffs are hurting business decisions.   Carlos Ghosn, who also runs France’s Renault, said that the Japanese carmaker would defer decisions on where to build new generations of models currently assembled in Britain’s largest car factory until it knows whether it will face tariffs when exporting to ... Read more
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