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CV Show 2012: SMMT pushes industry’s value

  • 23 April 2012
  • By admin

CV Show 2012 partner and vehicle manufacturers’ association the SMMT is using the show to highlight the importance of the road transport industry and its vital role in helping to lift the British economy out of the doldrums.

Truck and vans sales are recovering in the UK, and SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt says there are many excellent careers for young people in the automotive industry.

In 2011, UK CV sales were worth £8bn, and despite the growth in volumes moved by road there were 38% fewer road accidents – and 33% fewer involving cyclists and trucks – compared with 2001.

The SMMT is focusing on the implication of whole vehicle type approval, which comes into effect for special purpose vehicles at the end of this month and for trucks and trailers in October.

It has developed SENTA, a step-by-step guide to ease vehicle manufacturers and bodybuilders through the system, and is holding a seminar on Wednesday to explain the process.

“Manufacturers see skills development as a top priority and in a difficult economy the opportunities for career progression in the CV sector are still there.”


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