Thursday 28 June 2018, 15:30-17:00, room: Netherlands III

The European automobile industry faces fundamental challenges with stricter environmental standards, changing mobility patterns, and the advances in digitalisation and the emergence of China. New mobility patterns and self-driving cars will mean that less cars will be needed in the future. The exit from the traditional combustion engine with the spread of electric cars means that much of the manufacturing technology, the skills and the value chains of the industry will be different. Automation, robotization and additive manufacturing will reshape the manufacturing process. Software and big data will contribute more to the value of a car than hardware technology. The emergence of China in shaping both demand and supply will affect the current global power balance between the main automobile manufacturers.

How will all this affect jobs in the European automobile industry, what policies are necessary to manage this transformation in a forward-looking way and what can trade unions and works councils do in order to secure quality jobs in the future?

  • Greg Archer, Transport Environment - PPP
  • Anne-Gaëlle Lefeuvre, Syndex - PPP
  • Andrea Szalavetz, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - PPP

Comments: Maximilian Strötzel, IG Metall - PPP

Moderator: Bela Galgoczi, European Trade Union Institute

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