Free lecture looks at the future shape of the automotive industry

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Tuesday 09 April 2013

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The future of the global automotive industry is the topic under discussion at a free lecture coming up at Coventry University.

David Bailey, Professor of International Business Strategy and Economics at Coventry University Business School, will deliver a talk about Drivers of Change in the Global Auto Industry at the University’s city centre campus on Thursday 18 April.

In this lecture, Professor Bailey will investigate what the global automotive industry might look like in the next few years by examining the big drivers for change - the green agenda, economic pressures, shifts in production patterns, new technologies, changing labour needs and different demand patterns.

David is a respected authority on the automotive industry - he recently led an Economic and Social Research Council project on the local impact of the MG Rover closure - and has also written extensively on globalisation, economic restructuring, industrial policy and European integration.

A regular media commentator and contributor to the Birmingham Post, his columns are widely read with several of his blogs going on to form front page features, most notably his recent piece on the case for government support for Jaguar Land Rover.

David’s forthcoming presentation is the latest in a series of Coventry University’s professorial lecture series, which draw on the expertise of its academics to explore a wide range of topical subjects.

Professor David Bailey said:

We’ll be looking at the big picture – what is driving change in the industry and what it might look like in the future, as well as what this means for the industry in the UK and the region.

We’ve seen a recent mini-renaissance of the UK auto industry. We’ll be putting that in a broader perspective of change in the industry and how the UK can fit into that.

Professor David Bailey’s lecture, Drivers of Change in the Global Auto Industry, starts at 4pm on Thursday 18 April at Square One, The Hub, Coventry University, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QT.

Attendance is free of charge but places must be booked in advance. Places can be booked online where further information about the vent is also available. 

For further press information please contact Mark Farnan, communications officer, Coventry University, on 0247 7658245 or email