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    NAA Update: After a fascinating visit to Vodafone Automotive, make sure you don’t miss out on forthcoming events

    Our Vodafone Automotive visit has now been and gone, so please make sure you have the following events in your diaries, as you will always learn something from them, as well as making new business relationships… I am writing this immediately after our networking meeting at Vodafone, it was a not-to-be-missed event as you will […]

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    In the Driving Seat: Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Vodafone Automotive UK

    Andrew Smith is Managing Director of Vodafone Automotive UK (see our report about the NAA visit to this company in the newsletter below), but he invites NAA members to ask him more over a beer about the ‘unforgettable time he had in a previous role as Managing Director of Ford Greece’ – sounds like an […]

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    NAA member company profile: GEFCO

    From supply to distribution, GEFCO provides global and integrated management and optimisation of the logistics chain for its industrial customers… Renowned for the reliability of its services, GEFCO has expertise in automotive logistics – one of the most demanding sectors – in order to respond to the globalisation of industrial flows and the needs of […]

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    NAA Project News: SPLICE project to develop polymer springs to help accelerate vehicle lightweighting

    Researchers at WMG, part of the University of Warwick, together with Force Technology and the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA), have won research funding worth £244,090 from Innovate UK for a project that will develop polymer springs for vehicles in order to reduce vehicle weight, so improving fuel efficiency and lowering emissions… The project, led by […]

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    NAA Project News: STRIVE Project is a Winner at the 2016 North West Business Insider ‘Made in the North West’ Awards

    The STRIVE project, for which the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) is the project lead, has brought home the ‘Education in Business’ Award from the 2016 North West Business Insider ‘Made in the North West’ Awards… Announced at the Awards evening at the Bolton Whites Hotel on the 5th May, the Award recognised the benefits gained […]

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    Industry news: Automotive Industrial Partnership update

    The UK automotive industry is thriving. 2015 was the best year in a decade for car production with 1.59 million vehicles produced and volumes are forecast to reach an all-time record of 2 million by 2020. Ensuring the industry’s workforce can keep pace with this rapid growth and innovation has been a key objective of […]

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    NAA Event Review: Celebrating 50 years at Mini Gears

    Every NAA factory tour and networking meeting is unique and fascinating for its own reasons, but the recent visit to Mini Gears was all the more memorable due to the family-owned business having its 50th Birthday party on the same day as our event… Mini Gears Chairman Paul Darwent welcomed the NAA contingent to the […]

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    NAA Event Review: Unique behind-the-scenes tour of Vodafone Automotive’s Secure Operating Centre

    During the last month NAA members have visited Mini Gears, which was a highly enjoyable visit, but for something very different we’ve also been fortunate to have a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Vodafone Automotive Secure Operating Centre (SOC) in Burnley, where visitors found out about the company’s activities in the area of the prevention […]

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    SMMT International Events 2016/17

    EVS29, Montreal – Electric vehicle technology 19 – 21 June Automechanika Frankfurt 13 – 17 September – see more details below Intelligent Transport Systems Congress, Melbourne 10 – 14 October Automechanika Shanghai 30 Nov – 3 Dec SIAT 2017 – Pune, India – Smart mobility 18 – 21 Jan 2017 ACMA Automechanika New Delhi – […]

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    One every 16 seconds: British car manufacturing grows again in March, marking best Q1 since 2004

    UK CAR MANUFACTURING (data for March and Q1 2016) ▪ UK car production grows 9.8% in March, with 159,074 cars built – one every 16 seconds. ▪ 443,581 cars made in the first quarter, rising 10.3% as productivity reaches record levels. ▪ Q1 demand up at home and abroad, with domestic output up 8% and […]

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