Road to Rail: Supply Chains for the Future of Light Vehicle Manufacturing

10th July 2024 10:30 to 12:00 Online Event Free


As towns and cities grow and environmental worries increase, finding affordable, sustainable and efficient transport solutions is more important than ever before.

Very Light Rail has the hugely promising potential to transform small city transport and create a connection between other modes of transport, whilst Light Electric Vehicles will transform how we move within and between local places.

Join the brand-new Business Growth West Midlands ‘SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSITION PROGRAMME’ for an online event to help SMEs develop an understanding of the emerging technologies required for the future of light vehicle manufacturing.

Very Light Rail and Electric Light Vehicles represents a vital crucial step towards connecting West Midlands communities in a safer, greener way, giving people a more eco-friendly transport choices for the future.

They also provide huge opportunities for local suppliers as our local economy changes to embrace emerging technologies and new markets.

With the support of OEMs and Key Customers, C&W Business Solutions, alongside partners, The West Midlands Growth Company and the Finditin Network, is delivering the Supply Chain Transition Programme to explore the emerging concept of Very Light Rail and Electric Light Vehicles and the associated procurement opportunities for local suppliers.

This event will kick-start the programme to help equip West Midlands’ businesses with the knowledge, tools and contacts they need to become suppliers of the future for light vehicle manufacturing.


From pioneers in Very Light Transport, to regional businesses set to change the way people travel, this is an event not to be missed in this emerging sector. 

Join us on Wednesday 10th July at 10:30am to hear from industry experts and sector specialists at a FREE, online session, with:

  • Event Compere: Nicholas Owen, Journalist, Presenter & Rail Enthusiast, BBC - Nicholas is an experienced event host and facilitator and has a close interest in transport matters, especially railways and light rail schemes. His publications include a history of the British trolleybus.
  • James Hammett, Managing Director of UKTram - The voice of Very Light Rail, UKTram has stepped up to the challenge of helping the sector to grow collaboratively, and become more relevant and vibrant across the country as a whole.
  • Sandeep Shingadia, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Integration at Transport for the West Midlands - Sandeep has over 25 years’ experience in the transport sector. He is responsible for leading the development of strategic partnerships at regional, national and international levels to facilitate the development of integrated transport programmes ready for delivery.
  • Angus Brummit-Brown, Senior Project Manager at Coventry Very Light Rail - The CVLR project is leading the way in emerging, new light rail technology. Spearheaded by Coventry City Council and shaping up to be a local success story, hear how the project uses the latest automotive expertise developed in Coventry and will transform Coventry city transport.

More BIG speaker announcements coming soon!


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