Car parts suppliers asked to Accelerate cost cutting

Up to 4,000 automotive suppliers in the West Midlands are to be asked to improve their environmental performance and cut costs under a new initiative by car manufacturers Rover and Jaguar. The projects are part of the West Midlands’ ‘Accelerate’ programme. Its aim is to create a world-class supplier base in the region backed by […]

Up to 4,000 automotive suppliers in the West Midlands are to be asked to improve their environmental performance and cut costs under a new initiative by car manufacturers Rover and Jaguar.

The projects are part of the West Midlands’ ‘Accelerate’ programme. Its aim is to create a world-class supplier base in the region backed by EU regional development aid.

Accelerate has committed £263,000 to the green initiative, with a matching sum coming from the two vehicle manufacturers.

Cost savings have come from recycling off-cuts, controlling the use of hazardous materials with high disposal costs, and operating automated processes in the dark.

Rover and Jaguar claim to have already implemented similar schemes resulting in significant environmental improvements.

Coventry City Council’s Environmental Advice Services consultants are offering customised improvement programmes.