New SMMT Chief Exec’

ImageMichael Hawes will be joining the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as its new Chief Executive in the early autumn. Mike will lead the executive team that will promote the interests and successes of the UK motor industry and help address the challenges of the current climate. He will also ensure the SMMT delivers stronger representation and engagement with all its stakeholders and help accelerate growth of the two key subsidiary companies: SMMT Industry Forum Ltd and Motor Codes Ltd. He joins SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of PR, corporate and public affairs roles. Mike Baunton has fulfilled the role of Interim Chief Executive of SMMT since the end of January.

Mike said, ‘I am very proud to be joining the SMMT as its new Chief Executive. The SMMT is a highly respected and influential trade association, valued by all stakeholders. My role will be to build on this reputation and grow the value and range of services provided to our members. There is a strong organisation in place and I look forward to working with SMMT employees, as well as our partners and European colleagues, as the industry continues to develop.’

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Registrations decline

According to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) figures, bus and coach registrations declined 18.4% to 622 units in April. This has led to a rolling year total of 7,556, which is up 8% from the same time last year. SMMT Bus and Coach Manager, Wendy Williamson, said, ‘This is not an unexpected slide and based on year-to-date registrations we anticipate the remainder of 2013 to be challenging. The sector saw a boost last year but it is widely expected to stabilise in 2013.’

 There were 185 purpose built buses registered in April, which is down 47.6%, giving a rolling year total of 2,762, a decline of 12.2%. Purpose built coach registrations numbered 117, up 62.5%, making for a rolling year total of 717, down 8.1%. The total for converted buses was 320, down 5%, leading to a rolling year total of 4,077, which is up 32.7%.

 Registrations by marque (with April 2012’s figures in brackets) were: Volvo Bus 67 (109), ADL 52 (146), Optare 32 (41), Scania 34 (37), Wrightbus 47 (21), Iris Bus 15 (25), VDL (not including Bova) 14 (1), MAN (excluding Neoplan) 3 (2), Mercedes-Benz (excluding Setra) 4 (13), Neoplan 9 (11), Van Hool 10 (6), King Long 11 (2), Setra 0 (2), Irizar 1 (0), other imports 3 (1) and Bova 0 (8).