Panel Discussion: Making the UK More Attractive for Automotive Manufacturing – Digital, Technology, Skills, Collaboration & Innovation

Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Date: 11-June-2024-Block-6


The automotive industry is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, driven by electrification, connected vehicles, and advances in digital technologies. As the UK looks to build a more sustainable and innovative automotive manufacturing base, there are opportunities to leverage these disruptive forces.

This panel discussion brings together key players across the UK automotive sector to discuss the steps and support required to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of the UK automotive industry through emerging technologies. Through moderator-led questions, the session will explore the pivotal topics of digitalisation, technology adoption, skills development, collaboration, and innovation in the context of Industry 4.0, Electric Vehicles (EVs), data sharing, and collaborative initiatives.

What are some key challenges faced in the UK Automotive industry and how can they be addressed through technology?
How can digitalisation and technology adoption be accelerated across the automotive manufacturing value chain?
How can we build robust open innovation networks for knowledge and technology transfer between universities, startups, and established manufacturers?
What new capabilities need to be built across the workforce? How can the government and other stakeholders support this?
How can manufacturers harness technologies like AI, machine learning, robotics, IoT, VR, 3D Printing and more to support the shift to increased EV production?
What initiatives are required to boost resilience and sustainability across the UK automotive supply chain for OEM’s, tier 1, 2, suppliers?


  • Will Kinghorn Technology Adoption Specialist - Made Smarter UK
  • Dan Bunting Head of Business Development - Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
  • Agnes Wamagui KTM - Robotics - Innovate UK Business Connect
  • Chris White Chief Engineer - Battery Manufacturing - Ford Motor Company

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