“The UK leads the world on expertise in any respect ranges within the motor business”
Okay, so I do know it’s not completely particular, however absolutely the information popping out of PSA that it plans to construct the following era of Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire – conditional on the ultimate phrases of a Brexit deal – is a few well timed excellent news for the UK automobile business. What might presumably go mistaken?
Right here’s hoping whoever finally ends up as our Prime Minister within the coming weeks manages to supply a workable plan that’s good for enterprise – no matter which may be.
• The Brit Record 2019: UK’s prime automobile business execs named
The Vauxhall information got here within the week we have fun the perfect of British expertise within the automobile business with the Auto Specific Brit Record. That is the eighth yr of our annual countdown that’s eagerly anticipated by those that work within the automobile world, and – judging by the suggestions we get – by these of you who wish to see the people who find themselves behind the automobiles we drive or dream about.
We’ve had some actual superstars of the enterprise prime our listing over time – women and men who’ve completed (and nonetheless do) unimaginable issues. And this yr’s primary is a person who’s performed a pivotal function within the turnaround of a few of the biggest automobile manufacturers within the automobile world.
Fiat Chrysler Vehicles is house to names as large and numerous as Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and RAM on prime of people who kind the group’s identify. And Richard Palmer is the Brit who, as CFO, has helped steer the corporate into higher well being than many predicted.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to meet up with Palmer not too long ago, and he proved to be a vastly spectacular and humble man. He’s clearly a expertise in terms of serving to to handle the whole FCA enterprise, however he additionally got here throughout as a completely respectable bloke. “It could sound trite,” he mentioned, “however for me it’s all about being a part of a workforce actually. One of the best factor about this enterprise is the individuals.”
Brits have at all times over-indexed on the worldwide stage, and our Prime 50 proves as soon as once more that the UK leads the world on expertise – in any respect ranges within the motor business.
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