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FER discusses proposed petrol and diesel ban

FER discusses proposed petrol and diesel ban

Diesel, News, Remanufacturing
The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, added a number of new members over the past twelve months, and held regional meetings that proved successful in giving both old and new attendees an insight into FER activity, as well as discussing key policies for the months ahead. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos and major units, as well as remanufacturing engines from commercial, agricultural and marine sectors. Wi...
UK manufacturing falls as domestic demand declines

UK manufacturing falls as domestic demand declines

News, SMMT
UK car manufacturing fell 4.6% in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 161,490 cars left British factories in the month, driven by overseas orders, which rose 1.3%. In November, exports reached their highest proportion of output this year at 85.0% but production for the home market continued to falter, falling for the fourth month in a row. It dropped -28.1%, the largest decline in 2017, as consumer confidence decreased and speculation over negative government policies towards diesel affected the market. Year-to-date, more than 1.5 million cars have rolled off production lines, with nearly eight out of 10 destined for one of 160 global markets. While export volumes remain stable, production for the home market is down -9.0%...
VIDEO: UK to ban petrol and diesel sales from 2040

VIDEO: UK to ban petrol and diesel sales from 2040

News, Video
The UK is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engines by 2040, in a move that the Government hopes will allow it to meet air quality targets, which cities in the country have exceeded by high levels for a number of years. Following a high court loss, the UK Government was forced to publish plans to tackle air quality and believes that banning sales would be better than introducing a diesel scrappage scheme, which was originally on the cards. In addition, there will be an investment of £255 million for local councils to tackle air pollution.  The announcement will likely see a further decline in diesel sales in the UK, while petrol vehicle sales may also fall as drivers start to look towards an electric future. Already in the first half of 2017, diesel sales are down by 10% compa
Ben report shows financial health is main call for help

Ben report shows financial health is main call for help

Charity, News
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people, has released its annual Impact Report which reveals financial health is the main reason why people contacted Ben for help Of all the calls the organisation received in 2016/17, 49% were related to financial health, an 11% increase year-on-yea(YOY), with low income reported as the biggest financial challenge for those working in the automotive industry. Perhaps the most telling statistic Ben reports is the 78% YOY increase in people asking for help with their mental health and wellbeing. This is a significant statistic for the industry to be aware of and shows there are some very serious challenges being faced by people, impacting directly on businesses and, the