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, 30 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 13,000 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.

In order to support manufacturing and make sure that the role undertaken by WAF and its members attains maximum economic benefit, in 2013 Welsh Government established an  'umbrella' company.  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.

WAF Member company locations

WAF Events

WAF Members Meeting. Meritor HVBS. 18th May 2022

As the sector transitions towards net zero emission mobility, Meritor Cwmbran have led the charge on diversification and through their endeavour, commitment, ambition and application have been recognised within the group with the facility becoming the eMobility Centre of Excellence.

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WAF Member News

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"Trax JH Ltd collected the Growth Award, sponsored by Development Bank of Wales, at the drive-in awards ceremony in Newtown last Friday"

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