A Game Plan for UK Automotive Suppliers

As advances in technology and recent political and economic risks continue to impact the automo-tive industry landscape, decisions that determine global footprints are becoming increasingly com-plex for C-level executives in the supply chain. Louis Burns, Partner at Mazars and Sajid Yacoob of Tata Consultancy Services talk through some of the current challenges facing the UK automo-tive sector and how suppliers can exploit market growth and manage risk.

Being the third largest car producer in Europe (1.72 million units in 2016), and the second biggest premium car producer in Europe, the UK automotive market shows huge growth potentials. UK based suppliers are in a good position to capitalize the market opportunity of unfulfilled demand. However, these opportunities are shaded by the latest geopolitical events happening in the UK and US. These current circumstances make it very difficult for suppliers to plan and implement investment decisions.

In addition, suppliers not only face the challenge of a lack of resources to meet rising demand, but also the ability to meet the growing range of skills required in areas such as technology, digital and robotics. New technology is transforming and shifting customer requirements which will would lead to a significant change in mindsets. Technology has become a disrupter of the traditional automotive business models.

Regarding these opportunities and challenges, Louis and Sajid has pointed out that suppliers need to have a clear and flexible game plan in mind to adapt to the new market evolution in these key aspects:

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