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Car manufacturing experts urge West Yorkshire business growth

12 January 12

International experts from Ford Motor Company are calling for Small and Medium Enterprises in West Yorkshire to regain the seven billion pounds' of automobile manufacturing business the UK lost to 'low-cost' economies during the recession.

Professor John Smith, Purchasing Director of Ford, and Andrew Day, Ford Professor of Quality Engineering at the University of Bradford, will be speaking at the Bradford & Airedale Manufacturing Alliance (BAMA) breakfast event to on 19 January at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel.

The experts will offer insight and advice on the 'hundreds' of opportunities available to local manufacturers working with organisations such as Ford, and participate in a Q&A session.

Professor Day, who is also the Director of the Automotive Research Centre at the University of Bradford, and Professor Smith will answer questions with a focus on why automotive organisations are looking to develop supply chains closer to home. With 80% of automobile manufacturing costs sitting with subcontractors, automotive manufacturers are demanding design quality, supply chain efficiency and cost effectiveness from suppliers, all which can be provided by British companies.

With 69% of companies currently supplying the UK automotive industry having less than 10 employees, the event will help more UK small and medium enterprises in understanding major purchaser attitudes in order to increase existing orders and win new contracts.

To book a place at the event or for more information email or call 01274 206660. Tickets are free to manufacturers and £75 for those outside the manufacturing industry and includes breakfast, networking and presentation.

12 January 12

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