Sunday, August 23, 2009

SMMT Conference targets Commercial Vehicle Sales Slump

Motor Manufacturers and Traders to discuss downturn
Shipping News Feature

UK – The second online conference of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders will focus on the lack of van and truck sales in the current economic climate. Whilst private car sales have been boosted by the Government scrappage scheme, commercial vehicle sales figures are not recovering and there are doubts as to the future viability of the Vauxhall Luton plant.

Commercial vehicle sales are down a reported 37% against the same period last year and the situation will be analysed by the director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Alan McKinnon. The professor will examine the results, provided by 100 UK based logistics specialists, of future trends in freight demand, vehicle utilisation, energy efficiency and emissions.

The survey was funded by the Green Logistics research project and the conference will take place on 28th August