Welcome to the Automotive Cluster in Wales
Welcome to the Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF). An independent
company, incorporated in 2001, to develop a common approach in
achieving sustainable continuous improvement for the Automotive
Industry in Wales. An industry led organisation, supported by its
Members, Industry Wales and the Welsh Government. The Board of
Directors comprises senior executives from the industry and Robert
O'Neil is the Chief Executive.
The role of the Welsh Automotive Forum continues to deepen and
widen. This places it firmly at the centre of automotive activities
in Wales which befits its status as the only body which is of, as
well as for, the country's automotive sector.
The industry in Wales consists of 2 niche vehicle makers,
35 Tier 1s and 1 OE Engine Plant, with a further 100 + companies in
the service and supply chain, many of which are small and medium
enterprises. In total some 15,000 people in Wales are
directly employed in this sector with other jobs being generated by
the multiplier effect. The industry generates sales on
average of £2.6billion per annum and has a combined payroll in
excess of £0.5Bn per annum.
The Welsh Government has made it clear that it wants to support
manufacturing and wants to make sure that the role undertaken by
WAF and its members attains maximum economic benefit. To this end a
new 'umbrella' company has been established (2013) by the Welsh
Industry Wales unites the sector forums of Automotive, Aerospace
and Electronic and Software Technologies, to achieve greater
synergy to support the Government with Inward Investment activity,
job creation as well as strengthening research and development,
promoting where appropriate, Enterprise Zones in Wales.