China is now the largest auto market in the world and yet car ownership is still at a very low level at just 150 people per 1,000 capita compared to say around 550 per 1,000 in the UK. Also underlining the fact that car ownership is a relatively recent trend is reflected by the average age of cars in China; standing at just over 5 years old which compares to the UK at over 8 years old.
As car ownership continues to increase, so too does the size of the Auto Aftermarket sector, that provides customers with services and accessory products. Estimates for growth in the market range from 5 – 8% for this coming year.
The sector is developing all the time and this session will present an overview of the Auto Aftermarket in China, including the views from two UK companies operating within this sector and then wrap up with a question and answer session with the panelists.
9.15 Opening remarks
China Market Business Adviser – Advanced Manufacturing and Transport
China Britain Business Council
9.20 A Brief Overview of the China Aftermarket
The YASN International Exhibition Co.
9.40 UK Brand Perspective
Head of Business Development
9.50 UK Brand Perspective
GKN Automotive China
10.05 Q and A with the Panel
Xie Yu, General Manager, YASN
John McLuskie, President, GKN Automotive China
Rick Jolley, Executive Vice President, Purchasing of JLR China and Asia Pacific, Jaguar Land Rover
Stuart Taylor , Head of Business Development, Gtechniq
Jamie Rowlands, Partner – Intellectual Property Team, Gowling GLG
About the Speakers:
Partner-Intellectual Property Team, Gowling GLG
Jamie Rowlands has been enforcing and protecting clients' IP for nearly 20 years with a strong focus on patents and trade marks. His work has always been internationally focussed and has acted on global disputes involving parties from the UK, Europe, USA, China, Japan and Africa. He has significant experience in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Consistent with his international outlook, Jamie lived in China and headed up the firm's China practice between 2015 and 2019 where he was involved in IP litigation at all levels of the Chinese court system as well as administrative and criminal counterfeiting actions with unprecedented success rates for clients. He remains very active in China related IP work for clients. China Business Law Journal named him as one of 50 Elite Foreign Lawyers working in China in 2018.
President, GKN Automotive China
John McLuskie is President – GKN Automotive China and Deputy General Manager of SDS, Automotive’s joint venture in China. John began his career at GKN Automotive in 1988 in an engineering role, and since then has held global roles of increasing seniority in Commercial, Management, Business Development and General Management, based in India, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom and China.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds.
GKN Automotive is a company that moves ideas forward.
We are the world’s largest supplier of driveline technologies to the automotive industry. Our engineering puts driveline innovation into series production. Our systems integration expertise and software calibration capabilities make us a strong and trusted partner for electrification, all-wheel drive programs and new vehicle concepts
Executive Vice President, Purchasing of JLR China and Asia Pacific, Jaguar Land Rover
General Manager, The YASN International Exhibition Co.
Organisers of the China International Auto Accessories Exhibition (CIAACE), organized for the first time in 2005. Currently, CIAACE is held twice a year and concentrates on the two big market centres – Beijing and Guangzhou.
Head of Global Business Development, Gtechniq Ltd
Stuart started his career in corporate compliance and asset management, gaining significant experience in Account Management, Sales and growing businesses on a global platform. Moving away from asset management, Stuart pursued his passion for all things automotive and took the role of Head of Global Business Development with Gtechniq, a leading car care product manufacturer, with a focus on protective coatings. Responsible for the distribution of product into over 60 countries and leading the sales function for the business, Stuart has recently taken Gtechniq into the Chinese market with the aim to become a market leader in the Chinese car detailing and surface protection arena.