On Thursday 19 October 2017, Trimite’s Chairman David Roberts attended a roundtable at Number 11 Downing Street to discuss the British government’s National Air Quality Plan and the automotive sector’s views regarding air quality, the treatment of diesel vehicles and the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) organised meeting was attended by Cabinet ministers including Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for the Department of Transport. In addition to the government and SMMT representatives, leaders from across the automotive sector were in attendance.
The National Air Quality Plan, which was published in July 2017, sets out the UK’s ambitions to reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and make the UK a global leader in air quality. The plans include the end of conventional car and van sales by 2040 and for almost every car and van on the road to be a zero emission vehicle by 2050. The government has committed to a £2.7billion investment in air quality and cleaner transport. This includes £1 billion spend for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and £100m for the UK’s charging infrastructure.
David Roberts, Chairman of Trimite Global Coatings, Rimstock Holdings, Auto Innovation Group and Stretford Holdings is a veteran industrialist, with extensive experience in the automotive sector having held executive positions within both Chrysler and Aston Martin. The SMMT requested David’s input at the roundtable, drawing on his experience to address the issues of preparing the consumer market for ULEVs and boosting UK automotive supply chain productivity to ensure continuing international competitiveness.
Adding to his diverse manufacturing activities David is spearheading a ULEV project through Auto Innovation Group. The project will drive the UK manufacture of “Solo”, an all-electric commuter vehicle. The one seat, three wheel designer boasts 3-4 times the energy efficiency of fossil fuel drive vehicles and approximately 100 miles of range on every charge.
David explains, “We are entering the renaissance of British Manufacturing. I believe in the power of manufacturing, in making things and making them well.”