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Will the recent ban on petrol and diesel cars mean structural changes for manufacturing facilities?

The government has announced that Britain is to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040. The ban is intended to tackle the issue of poor air quality in Britain, which is believed by ministers to be the biggest environmental public health risk, costing the country £2.7bn in lost productivity each year. The UK is following in the footsteps of France who announced the same plan earlier in the month.

The ban will mean that by 2040, only electric cars will be available to buy new. This will potentially cause huge changes to the car manufacturing industry as they adapt to these new regulations. Those within the industry have been braced for the new regulations for some time and the sector has already adjusted to the increased demand for hybrid vehicles.

The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Mike Hawes, said:

‘The UK government’s ambition for all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040 is already known. Industry is working with government to ensure that the right consumer incentives, policies, and infrastructure is in place to drive growth in the still very early market for ULEVs [Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles] in the UK.’

Understandably, the sector is already geared towards the manufacture of hybrid cars, but in what continues to be a competitive market place, competition is likely to drive further innovations and with innovation comes change. Manufacturers and their suppliers will no doubt undergo space redevelopment in order to shift with the changes ahead. In our many years’ experience segregating manufacturing facilities we have always seen political and legal changes drive redevelopment, so in our opinion these recent announcements will lead to structural and space redevelopment for many businesses.

How could Westgate’s partitioning products help with this transition?

Westgate’s industrial partitions and factory dividers are the perfect solution should you need to facilitate changes in your manufacturing plant.

Some popular Westgate products for manufacturing include Flexicurtain (retractable curtain wall), Flexiscreen (for temporary internal building works) and Flexiwall (permanent but relocatable partitioning).

All solutions are incredibly flexible to suit the changing needs of evolving businesses and are not just temporary solutions. Each and every project Westgate build and design for is done with longevity in mind. So whether it needs to be in place for three weeks, six months or 20 years the solution we provide will stand the test of time.

Solutions come in a range of colours to match corporate branding and graphics can also be added if desired. Recent projects have proved branding to be popular within the automotive industry to showcase images of new models.

You can find out more about Westgate products that are suited to the vehicle manufacturing industry by contacting us directly on +44 (0)1785 242 181 / salesteam@westgateuk.co.uk.

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