The Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF) is a company limited by guarantee. It has a Board of Directors which is Chaired by Professor Garel Rhys CBE and Tim Williams is the Chief Executive.
The WAF has four main objectives:
- To act as the voice of the automotive industry in Wales, performing a lobbying and influencing role with the Welsh Assembly Government and government funded bodies, to ensure that funding and support of the industry are focused, and match the needs of all players in the supply chain. This will cover industry best practice as well as education and training.
- To influence the automotive sector strategy by networking and discussing global and local issuse with industry leaders, UK and International Forums, government and government funded bodies.
- To forge links and partnerships with other UK and International automotive forums, promoting the Welsh Capability, to achieve the development of collaboration and co-operative agreements between first, second and third tier suppliers.
- To provide members with a value for money service which will enable networking, information dissemination and the use of best practice through organised events and conferences as well as by company visits.
The Forum has a key role to play here, in disseminating information to companies about the future trends, whether that's from the vehicle manufacturers, or from the large module suppliers.
With its links to other Forums, such as, medical, aerospace, materials etc, and links to international automotive forums, the WAF is well placed to offer beneficial information to its members.
In the modern motor industry, operating in open and free markets, there is nowhere for the inefficient to hide. The Forum sees the education and training of the workforce as paramount if Wales is to sustain competitiveness.
The Forum is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and industry members.