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Net works for industry at eCommerce seminar

Delegates at the first motor industry e-commerce seminar were today encouraged to become pioneers in the use of e-commerce technology. More than 150 seminar executives were told that e-commerce can benefit the whole industry from vehicle manufacture through the supply chain, cutting costs, improving productivity and reducing delivery times.Held at the Coventry University Technology Centre, the theme of ‘e-business in the Motor Industry’ was making use of technology to improve business rather than for its own sake. Vehicle and component design, sourcing and supply on-line were all examined, with partnership the key to the success of e-commerce ventures. An open forum allowed manufacturers and suppliers to debate the relevance of each issue as it was discussed.The first joint SMMT/DTI e-business seminar sold out within days. It comes soon after ministers were encouraged to promote motor manufacturing in the UK. The Trade and Industry Select Committee report on manufacturing in the UK published last week, called for closer ties between industry and government with ministers told to take their lead from organisations like SMMT.‘Partnership is key to promoting the industry’s strengths and encouraging manufacturers to stay competitive’ said SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Today’s conference speakers have shown that there are very real benefits from e-commerce and government support will encourage the industry to remain at the cutting edge of vehicle design, manufacture and supply.’ ends. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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