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Advanced Engineering 2021

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03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

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Prince learns of green drive in Wales

Prince learns of green drive in Wales The Prince of Wales learned about the green drive underway in Wales when he met Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF) representatives.

WAF chief executive Tim Williams, new technologies manager Ian Mitchard and board member Roger Evans, Plant Director at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, briefed His Royal Highness on the Wales Green Automotive Agenda and Low Carbon Vehicle Cluster during a visit to South Wales.

The Prince's briefing with the WAF representatives was arranged so that he could learn about the Wales Green Automotive Agenda and how the Low Carbon Vehicle Cluster (LCVC) currently operates.

After the meeting, Tim Williams commented: "His Royal Highness was very interested in the Wales Green Automotive Agenda and LCVC and has asked to be kept updated on future progress."

Wales has been designated as one of the UK's Low Carbon Economic Areas and will take the lead in the UK on developing alternative fuels, including hydrogen from renewable sources.

The Welsh Assembly Government has tasked the Welsh Automotive Forum with helping existing automotive companies meet future challenges and supports the creation of a Low Carbon Vehicle Cluster, which currently has more than 20 member companies, to help develop new technologies and vehicles, share knowledge and investigate synergies among business and academia.

Tim Williams added: "We want to build our offering and seek to generate business for our member companies, generate intellectual property and add value to our economy."

Roger Evans, Plant Director at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd and board member of WAF commented: "The Low Carbon Vehicle Cluster is about member organisations sharing their business contacts in order to create brand new business opportunities. As a company, Schaeffler is actively seeking and submitting collaborative R&D and commercial projects, which can generate sustainable wealth for contributing members. This will include the development of innovative products and technologies that will help to secure new business."

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, which manufactures precision automotive engine components at its plant in Llanelli, South Wales joined the Welsh Automotive Forum's LCVC in April this year.

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