19 posts categorised "Auto"

31 May 2018

For UK manufacturers, realising the full value of the digital supply chain will require a new strategy and more collaborative culture

By Jens Wunderlin For manufacturers based in here the UK, the findings of PwC’s Global Digital Operations Study 2018 bring major cause for concern. The study is the largest of its kind to date, based on responses from 1,155 senior executives in industrial products companies in 26 countries, including 72...

22 March 2018

Manufacturing outlook on the up as automation takes hold - UKEO

By Cara Haffey The latest UK Economic Outlook has an interesting focus on industry and automation with the view that by the mid-2030s, over 40% of existing jobs in the UK retail and wholesale sector could potentially be impacted by automation. A move that conversely, is likely to reduce prices...

12 March 2018

How a strategic and capabilities-focused approach to cost can get Industrial Manufacturing & Services companies fit for growth

By Ross Elliott In my conversations with sectors within the Industrial Manufacturing & Services (IM&S) industry, cost reduction invariably emerges as a key focus. This is hardly surprising, given the constant cost pressures facing the sector and the need to drive efficiency and competitiveness to ever higher levels. In most...

23 May 2017

Driverless cars provide optimism for those in the UK with mobility challenges

Mark Couttie There is no doubt that driverless cars have the power to transform society. Strategy&’s recent driverless car impact study commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders – Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionising Mobility in Society – confirms this. Over 50% of people who participated in the...

08 May 2017

Beyond Brexit: Spotlight on Automotive

In our recent client webcast, Beyond Brexit, What's the Deal? (27 April) Darren Jukes, UK Industrial Products & Services Leader gave his overview on the UK automotive industry. For more information and the full webcast please visit http://www.pwc.co.uk/the-eu-referendum/. Darren Jukes | Partner, Corporate Finance & Industrial Products Leader Profile |...

16 December 2016

Industry 4.0: a CEO's perspective

Industry 4.0: what does it mean to your business? We asked a leading CEO As part of filming for this year's upcoming CEO survey, we asked Nigel Stein, CEO of GKN his thoughts on Industry 4.0. Look out for more CEO survey films on 16 January 2017.'

09 December 2016

Industry 4.0 and British Manufacturing: Our opportunity to innovate

By Cara Haffey Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the 4th industrial revolution, previously thought to be coming, is now well underway! We've seen other industrial revolutions, but the speed of change in this one is phenomenal. Staying ahead of rapid change and staying innovative will be key for UK businesses...

Need for speed in innovation is driving deals in automotive

By Cara Haffey Research and Development (R&D) has long been the lifeblood of innovation in the automotive industry – but today the sector is moving away from its historical focus on hardware and towards connectivity, software and electronics. This was highlighted in our recent Innovation 1000 study, where Automotive companies,...

02 December 2016

Automotive R&D spend switches from hardware to software

By Mark Couttie It’s now 12 years since our first Innovation 1000 study – a unique analysis of spending on research & development (R&D) by the world's largest 1,000 corporate R&D spenders. This year’s study identified the automotive industry as the third highest spender on R&D behind healthcare and software...

30 March 2016

Are all your dealers financially viable? If not, early sight of problems is vital – and in everybody’s interest

By Andy Watts and Richard Ward For any motor manufacturer, having a major dealership go bust is high up the list of potential nightmares. Aside from the immediate costs in terms of lost sales and damage to brand reputation, the reverberations around after-sales service contracts and customer disputes can rumble...

10 March 2016

Risky driving conditions: cyber threats in the automotive industry

By Neil Ward These are challenging times for automotive companies. And many of them are unsure how well equipped they are to cope. According to PwC’s latest Global CEO Survey, 28 per cent of automotive CEOs are extremely concerned by their companies’ readiness to respond to a crisis. Of course,...

04 March 2016

Motor dealers must flex and innovate in their approach to sales – or face getting left behind in a customer-centric future

By Andy Watts and Richard Ward On a recent visit to a leading multi-marque dealership client, our conversation with the Dealer Principal revealed an interesting development in the company’s salesforce. He said he’d recently recruited a saleswoman whose background was not in sales at all – but in mental health....

29 January 2016

When keeping car buyers happy, the right experience is vital – and preventing problems is better than curing them

By Andy Watts and Richard Ward We ended our first blog in this series by raising two particularly thorny issues for automotive manufacturers. First, what to do when one or more dealers are not fulfilling their part of the promises that you – as an OEM – make to customers....

01 December 2015

How motor manufacturers and dealerships can monitor their promises to customers – and sustain vital trust in their brands

By Andy Watts and Richard Ward Picture the scene. A major motor manufacturer detects a fault affecting hundreds of thousands of its vehicles. Coming in the wake of the industry’s recent reputational issues, the news generates banner headlines and widespread comment. The company responds by writing personally to each affected...

23 September 2015

Car sharing picks up speed: what could the impact be for UK car manufacturing?

By Andy Groves Have you been reading the reports about London's forthcoming car-sharing initiative? Anybody in the industry should probably be paying close attention and watching developments. It could be the thin end of the wedge which over a period of time redefines how, when and why people use and...

20 July 2015

Changing consumer behaviours in the automotive retail landscape – a vision for the future

By Simon Hardwick There are increasing challenges with the traditional auto retail model. One of these is clearly visible on the peripheries of towns and cities across the country: expensive ‘glass box’ showroom/storeroom/service-centre combos, which risk, over time, becoming out of step with an increasingly digital world. Besides being a...

18 June 2015

Brand extension through merchandise: a big opportunity for prestige carmakers – but one that brings pitfalls for the unwary

By Daniele Costa Zaccarelli Picture the scene. You’ve just taken delivery of a shiny new sports car. Costing more than you’d admit to anyone but your closest friends, it was manufactured by one of the world’s most prestigious automotive companies. The company has a global brand that’s loved with fierce...

25 February 2015

Carmakers must decide what role to play in the lower-emission future of personal mobility

By Mark Thompson When was the last time you braved the crush and bedlam of the New Year sales on London’s Oxford Street? For many of us, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated experience. Maybe you had yours last month? This year I had an extra reason for staying away. According to...

12 February 2015

The future of consumer mobility: could integrated transport drive a new digital divide?

By Phil Harrold and Charles Johnson-Ferguson The recent SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders) annual dinner showcased a ‘next generation’ award that illustrated the way new technology is radically reshaping the future of consumer transport. The prize went to the developer of a steering-wheel that can tell immediately whether...