It’s going to be a busy year and here is our spring schedule for exhibitions. Do let us know if you are planning to attend and we can hopefully meet up:

 

Hydrogen Tech Expo
30th March 2023 – Telford
https://www.hydrogentechexpo.co.uk/

 

Commercial Vehicle Show
18th – 20th April 2023 – Birmingham
https://cvshow.com/

 

Hannover Fair
17th – 21st April 2023 – Hannover
https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/

 

World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition
9th – 11th May – 2023 – Rotterdam Ahoy
https://www.world-hydrogen-summit.com/

European business development manager Stuart Lowe takes a look at some of the key stats and facts from the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ reports.

As SMMT members we really value all the insight that is provided as well as the incredible campaigning that the organisation does to promote and defend the sector, helping it to thrive.

For me, these are the standout numbers and thoughts from their latest data:

With more than 182,000 people employed in manufacturing and some 780,000 in total across the wider automotive industry, the sector accounts for 10% of total UK exports with more than 150 countries importing UK produced vehicles, generating £77 billion of trade.

More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers.

Over 859,000 cars, 72,913 commercial vehicles and 1.6 million engines were built in the UK in 2021.

Eight out of 10 cars produced in the UK in 2021 were exported overseas and over half of these (55%) went to the European Union.

 

The year ahead

We know that the biggest challenge for the industry this year will be decarbonisation. A Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate for cars and vans needs flexibility to work for the industry, the consumer and the environment. HGVs face a 2040 cut-off for non-ZEVs and this too must be workable – affordable, practical and addressing the issues of infrastructure. We need battery production but we need other sectors to step up too.

It’s good to see the SMMT approach this year with cautious optimism that gradual growth will emerge. Having been slow out of the post-Covid blocks, there is a chance the sector could outperform an economy in recession. But the UK industry’s long-term future must be built on the strong foundations of competitiveness, productivity, a skilled and flexible workforce and technological investment.

Here at Ginho Europe, with a global support team that includes over 150 engineers, we are investing heavily into research and development, collaborating with customers to create solutions that add value and offer the most effective use of funds and resources, throughout a project’s lifecycle. Bring on 2023!

 

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One year on, Ginho has delivered on our Brexit promise to our customers. Indeed, despite the challenges and trepidation as Britain left the EU after 47 years of membership, through meticulous forward-planning, Ginho has played to its advantage and emerged stronger than ever. We have established a trans-continental infrastructure that combines world class products from our global manufacturing site with a local service that consistently achieves high levels of service, logistics and technical support across the US, 14 separate European countries, and the UK. Follow this link to read the full story from supply chain manager Joshua Hancock-Brown.

12 months on from Brexit, supply chain manager Joshua Hancock-Brown explains how Ginho Group took a proactive approach to the UK’s departure from the EU and also looks forward, with 29 more European territories on the horizon!

“Thinking outside the box is something that is second nature to us here at Ginho Europe. And as we contemplated the best way of tackling the challenges posed by Brexit, we started with a very clear, simple focus: how do we make this as easy as possible for our customers? And moved forward from there.

“We quickly took the view that we needed to be able to get to a point where all customers needed to do was take delivery and pay the invoice!

“While at the same time, minimising any impact on lead times. This meant us dealing with all the paperwork and taking responsibility for shipping. Customers could therefore continue to enjoy the benefits of DDP – delivery duty paid (as in pre-Brexit times) relieving them from the red tape, hassle and unpredictability we saw in the marketplace when operators chose to move to DAP (delivered at place).

“Meanwhile, we provided continuity and minimum disruption. With our customers operating highly efficient just-in-time manufacturing sites, a key priority was to ensure that we could continue to provide the same door-to-door shipping service. To do this, we worked with our parent company and manufacturing colleagues to negotiate and bring forward production and shipping by a week for each customer to mitigate any supply issues.

“Planning in advance of the Brexit deadline allowed us to fully understand the changes we needed to implement as well as explore any opportunities as a team and ensure smooth transition for our customers. As we were already exporting to 14 countries across Europe this required us to set up 14 separate EU VAT registrations and a new EU EORI number.

“A few more days were needed on some occasions around lead-times at our end, but given we had decided to up our stock levels in the UK and in Germany with a six week buffer, our customers were protected from any supply issues.

“And still we remain proactive! For example, a priority this year is to further improve efficiencies by making documentation processes more automated. We are looking to increase volumes and consolidate the shipping schedule alongside the introduction of service level agreements around stock levels. And we have also started to implement a customer satisfaction survey, enabling us to continually review, learn and refine our service.

“Having established a flexible, dynamic blueprint in readiness for Brexit. We can now see many positives around the UK being able to set its own trade policy and negotiate deals with other countries.

“We have ambitious plans to expand and we are now equipped to grow the business across many more EU and non-EU European territories, delivering more castings, components and assemblies for more companies across more countries and indeed continents.”

To find out more about our services, please visit www.ginho-group.com