As of 6th May, 2015, Servispart Consulting has become the latest member of the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA).
According to the NAA, the strength of the automotive sector in the North lies in its diversity, ranging from car manufacturers (including prestige and niche car manufacturers) to truck and specialist vehicle manufacturers and companies in their supply chains that support them.
Adrian Botham, the founder of Servispart Consulting said:
“We are absolutely delighted to join the Northern Automotive Alliance as it will provide us with a greater opportunity to spend time with our industry colleagues, get to know them better away from the office and to support their growth and development much more effectively.”
Who Are The Northern Automotive Alliance
The NAA is based in Speke, in the North West of England and is an independent, not for profit company providing a membership service and project management function for the automotive industry.
It supports a wide range of enterprises, from micro-companies like ours to large global vehicle manufacturers and all the SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) in-between.
It’s membership includes some of the great household name vehicle manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors (Vauxhall), Bentley Motors and Leyland Trucks.
It also includes well-known parts manufacturers such as TRW Automotive, Pirelli, Eaton and Federal-Mogul just to name a few.
Founded in March 2004 with support from regional Government funding, the NAA has been independent since mid-2010, funded by its members.
About the Northern Automotive Industry
If you don’t live in the North West of England, it may come as a surprise to learn that this region is the second most significant region for automotive manufacturing in the UK.
According to official Government statistics (BIS), the North West Automotive cluster directly generated £9 billion for the local economy in 2013, accounting for 12% of the UK automotive total.
In 2013, the four Vehicle Manufacturers mentioned above produced 284,282 new vehicles out of the UK total of 1,509,762 i.e. almost 19%.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), this production total is expected to grow by another 37% to hit 2.07 million vehicles by 2017 thus beating the all-time record of 1.92 million set all the way back in the UK’s manufacturing heyday in 1972.
Unfortunately, I’m old enough to remember those good old days as well as my early days working for Lucas Aftermarket Operations (now TRW) in the 1980s when the UK manufacturing industry had taken a turn for the worst and all the vehicle manufacturing was being done in Belgium and Germany because it was cheaper. How times have changed!
The Return of UK Manufacturing
In 2013, approximately 16,200 people were employed in this activity in the North West and this is again expected to rise dramatically with a further 100,000 automotive jobs expected to be created across the UK by 2020.
As big fans of the manufacturing industry, we are absolutely delighted that the UK manufacturing industry is making a big comeback.
As providers of specialist management consultancy services for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier ‘n’ parts / system suppliers, it sounds like Servispart Consulting could have a lot of work coming our way in the next few years?
You can rest assured that we’ll be doing our best to provide the essential insights and services that the Automotive industry needs to grow effectively, not just for clients in the North of England, but across the UK.
And of course, joining the NAA should help us to accomplish that more effectively.
If you’re a member of the NAA, then please look out for us at future events – we’d love to have a chat and get to know you better.
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