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 the Local Enterprise Partnership, 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.

What We Delivered

Practical insights and evidence to support decision-making, policy development and the case for investments

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

We are expert at running workshops and focus groups, using a variety of tools and techniques to combine and share information from large and small groups

Tracking trends, spotting significant developments and understanding why they are important

We write award winning reports that are concise, logical and engaging

Sector Expertise

Advice on how data and technology can enhance manufacturing, logistics and industrial processes

Advising on the commercial and disruptive potential of new technologies

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

Understanding the implications of public policy and developing recommendations to support policy and legislative change

Assessing the skills needed by different sectors, current educational provision and identifying proposals for action