Autolink. Cardiff City Stadium. 19th October 2021

In the year ahead, we face many challenges and the pressures on competitiveness, productivity and innovation will only increase.

For this Autolink conference and exhibition we will focus on these very important issues, as well as the very latest sector news and supply chain challenges.


Registration is from 09.00, with the plenary session to begin at 10.00

The event will close at 15.00





Vaughan was born in Zambia and brought up in Dorset. He was educated at Aberystwyth and Cardiff universities and is married to Michelle. Vaughan is a largely retired cricketer and a fan of both rugby and football.

Vaughan was a solicitor and former partner at Thompsons. He is a member of the GMB, UNISON and Unite unions, and was the youngest ever President of the Wales TUC. He has previously served as a county councillor and school governor. He has also been a community service volunteer - supporting and caring for a student with cerebral palsy and is former president of NUS Wales.

Between 1999 and 2001, Vaughan worked as a researcher to former AMs Val Feld and Lorraine Barrett. Between 2001 and 2003, Vaughan was the chair of Right to Vote - a cross-party project to encourage greater participation from black minority ethnic communities in Welsh public life.

Vaughan is a member of the Co-operative Party.

In June 2013 Vaughan Gething was appointed Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty.  In September 2014, Vaughan was appointed Deputy Minister for Health. In May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport. Vaughan was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services on 3 November 2017. On 13 December 2018 Vaughan was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services. Vaughan was appointed Minister for Economy on 13 May 2021.

Minister Gething will deliver a Minsteria Address


Ian has been involved in automotive research and consulting for over 30 years.

He specialises in vehicle production forecasting, at model and plant level, in Europe, North America, India, Korea, China and Africa and is an expert in supply chain analysis.

In addition, Ian is a specialist on the economic and practical cost impact of Brexit, for both UK and EU factories, and is a visiting Professor at the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.

Ian will provide an Automotive Productoin Outlook update


The presentation from HMM (Europe) Ltd will include an insight in to the root causes for the current shipping situation and the challenges facing shipping lines, as well as an update regards the long term prognosis for stability and return to standard shipping rates


Richard Keegan is a specialist in the areas of Lean/World Class Business and Benchmarking.  His concept of developing a three tier approach to company development has been adopted as a national approach to support the development of competitiveness in Irish industry, and is known as the Lean Business Offer. 

Over 1,100 company projects were supported for Enterprise Ireland clients during his leadership.  His approach has been adopted by the Industrial Development Authority and an adapted version is currently being rolled out across the country for Micro companies.  He has worked previously for DAF Trucks, Nokia, Nestle and the ESB

Working with Toyota, Richard has led over 80 best practice missions for over 2,000 managers to the Deeside engine plant

Richard will talk to us about his experiences and the benefits of engaging with the new Toyota Lean Clusters programme


Meritor will outline their successful cohort APC funding application, gained in support of their diversification to future mobility.  This presentation, delivered in conjunction with the APC, will cover how Meritor created their cohort and the challenges, pressures, commitment and skills associated with an application, as well as the mentoring received from the APC.



WAF Members

There is no cost for WAF Members to attend or exhibit at this event.

Non WAF Members

There is no cost for non-members to attend.

The cost for non-members to take exhibition space is £200.00

**Book your place**

To book your delegate place (s) please follow the link

To express your interest to exhibit please follow the link


 PLEASE NOTE:  Currently, and following Welsh Government COVID-19 guidelines, the stadium are able to accommodate our usual maximum attendee numbers of 200 delegates and 50 exhibitors.

However, should restrictions come in to force leading up to the event, we will assign delegate places and exhibitor spots on a first come first served basis.  

Live Stream 

The plenary session will be live streamed, to book your virtual place please follow the link


 Event updates will follow but in the meantime, should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us:


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