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A warm welcome for Aston Martin in Wales

Aston Martin is a renowned brand with a passionate following all around the world. The news that the manufacturer has chosen Wales as the location where they will produce their latest model is a sign of the power and prestige of the automotive sector in the UK. It is even more headline worthy for the fact that St Athan in South Wales beat competition from 20 other locations across the globe. Continue Reading

Renault ramps up the sex appeal of its Scenic minivan

Renault has recently revealed the new design of its fourth-generation Scenic. The images and details highlighted a radical new appearance designed to attract attention and propel the model back to the No. 1 spot in Europe’s compact minivan segment. The plans clearly show a combined effort to retain the practicality of the minivan whilst increasing its aesthetic appeal. Continue Reading

Considering the future of vehicular powertrains

On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of February the Future Powertrain Conference 2016 will be held at the National Motorcycling Museum in Solihull, West Midlands. The show will include presentations, discussions and demonstrations of technology to show how powertrains are advancing. The event is sure to be incredibly interesting, particularly when we consider how pivotal the powertrain is to vehicles and how much money has been invested already in research and development. It is also a good opportunity for industrial and academic experts to come together to share ideas. Continue Reading

Another new automotive facility for Coventry

The performance of the automotive industry in the UK is providing plenty of opportunities for suppliers throughout the entire supply chain, from the largest manufacturers to smaller companies offering specialist products. The outlook for the industry is very promising and there are plenty of projects underway on various scales to take advantage of the demand for British made automotive products. Continue Reading

The updated Delorean will fit perfectly into the future

You don’t have to be a committed car enthusiast to know that the Delorean is the iconic car that took Marty McFly to the past and back to the future again. The car was used as the time machine in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1985 movie and as a result had a lasting cultural impact, despite its short lifespan. Continue Reading

Mazda increases customer base with aftersales support

One of the key factors to achieving success in the automotive industry is aftersales business. Mazda have recently received praise for their aftersales customer retention, as the number of owners they have successfully retained after a transaction has increased from one to three in the last five years. The 10% increase reflects a clear focus in dealer networks to keep their customers. Continue Reading

Will robots really take over the automotive industry?

Over the last few weeks, we have noticed various reports that in 30 years we will live in a world where 50% of all jobs are done by robots rather than people. Many are worried that this will lead to mass unemployment, among many other worrying issues. However, our experience informs us that there is no reason to panic just yet. Continue Reading

Tackling skills shortages in the industry

It was recently revealed that there may be as many as 5,000 vacancies in the automotive industry because of a skills shortage in the UK. The sector is currently performing well, with 2015 marking a record year for car production and exports. There is a great deal of optimism for the future with numbers expected to rise further between now and 2020, but the shortage of skilled job seekers is a cause for concern. Continue Reading

Half of UK workers are looking for a new role

A report by Investors in People has indicated that 49% of the UK’s workers will be searching for a new role this year. Some of the most common reasons for seeking a new job include high workloads, low pay, feeling undervalued, and a lack of opportunity to progress. Jobseekers throughout the country are looking for more exciting and challenging roles, which can often be found in the automotive industry. Continue Reading

Finding personalities to complement your business

In any business, it’s not only crucial to find employees who have the right experience, qualifications and practical skills; it’s also vital that they have personalities which are well suited to the working practises and ethics of the company. Different personality traits can indicate how someone will perform in a particular job, so these factors should always be taken into consideration before employing a new member of staff. Continue Reading