Acknowledging the challenges that have helped shape the motor industry and establish how best to focus on the future and the opportunities that face the sector.
The motor industry has seen a 40% increase in combined vehicle sales, maintenance, repair, recovery, parts distribution, leasing and rental sectors with an annual turnover of £200billion (UK Annual Business Survey), compared to 2012. The industry employed an average of 555,000 in 2017 with 711,000 working in the wider automotive industry, including manufacturing, and this has increased by 6%.
We are looking at increasingly sophisticated technologies, from ever-more powerful driver-assist systems including Wi-Fi interconnectivity, radar, and sonar, to fully autonomous drive technology developments which have the potential to radically change the way we view and use vehicles on our roads. In some ways, everything has changed in our industry and in other ways, it has hardly changed at all. Campaigns for Change outlines our commitment about what we are going to do and how we are going to do it, but we also identify how others can support these initiatives.
IMI have identified 4 core areas of focus for the industry in the Campaigns for Change strategy document. Download a copy to find out more about these strands.
With a youth shaped by mobile information and communication technologies, the advancements and inclusion of more and more sophisticated technologies in new vehicles have the capacity to attract the best and brightest to the industry.
Skilled managers and leaders contribute to improved efficiency, productivity and profitability. In an industry with a widely acknowledged management and leadership skills gap, we need progressive managers and leaders to face its challenges.
Decisions made by the UK Government will directly impact employment and the need for new skills in the manufacturing and retail aftermarket sectors; decisions such as the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and the evolving emissions regulations and road licensing.
While progress has been made on improving the image of the industry in the public’s eye, there is still much work to be done. There is still a pervading image of ‘rogue traders’ and of ‘going in to battle’ whenever you walk in to an automotive business.
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