Emerging technologies in automotive manufacturing

Market Research for Manufacturing and Process Innovation


How will emerging technologies transform manufacturing processes?

Urban Foresight was commissioned by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NE LEP) to support the development of the North East Automotive Strategy, focusing on Manufacturing and Process Innovation.

Our work centred on a programme of  market research and consultation with a range of stakeholders from organisations including the University of Sunderland, North East Automotive Alliance and Sunderland City Council.

The objectives of the study were:

  • To identify opportunity areas for new technologies in manufacturing processes in the automotive manufacturing sector.
  • To identify skills needs and barriers to technology adoption and how NE LEP, the North East Combined Authority and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing can support and facilitate this adoption.
  • To define the anticipated benefits to business and business growth in the North East and the UK through increased adoption of new process and manufacturing technology.

Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities 

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities 

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.