GlobalData Conferences Presents: Key Themes That Will Shape the Automotive Industry in 2022 and Beyond

Wednesday, 23rd Mar 2022 at 14:00 GMT


The pandemic pressed the reset button on the Automotive industry, forcing it to refocus on business fundamentals. As we slowly enter the recovery phase, what is the picture of total industry volume, and how have the aftereffects of the global crisis affected auto’s planning environment? Do the CASE megatrends need recasting in the post-COVID world? Or will other disruptive trends rise to take their place in the sector?

Over two hours and thirty minutes, GlobalData’s virtual conference brings together the very best insight from GlobalData’s Automotive practice to give a definitive vision of the future direction of the industry. With a comprehensive agenda covering key strategic themes, market performance, and how firms can target emerging themes, this conference will enable you to see how your business fits in to the big picture.

Aimed at industry practitioners, strategic thinkers and those keen to understand global trends and industry themes, our virtual conference will help you to:

  • Discover the most important strategic themes your company needs to explore
  • Understand the future direction of the industry, particularly from a technological standpoint
  • Gain insight from underlying ‘alternative’ data, from patents to company filings and hirings, to understand which players are ahead on targeting the latest themes
  • Gain insight into future innovation in both products and services to help you target these themes

Intended Audience:

  • Strategy Planners and Directors
  • Global and Regional Marketing Directors
  • Product Planning Managers and Directors
  • Strategic Marketing Executives
  • Technology Executives

Sectors Covered:

  • Light vehicle sales and production outlook, with production detail by OEM
  • Electric vehicle outlook
  • The most pertinent themes for the Automotive industry including CASE, M&A, and



Welcome & Introduction – 15 mins

As a brief introduction, Calum MacRae, Head of Research and Analysis for GlobalData’s Automotive practice, will survey the industry’s recent past to understand the impact that five staple and emergent trends are having on the industry.

Forecasts & Prospects – 30 mins

Jonathon Poskitt, Director of Global Sales Forecasts, and Justin Cox, Director of Global Production Forecasts, will then examine sales and production outlooks. Leveraging GlobalData’s market and thematic data, they will explore the future of the Automotive industry, including the future of OEM in the global market, as well as the major developments influencing CASE.

Industry Insights – 30 mins

Join Al Bedwell, Director of Global Powertrain and E-mobility Forecasts, as he takes you on a guided tour of the place ESG has in the modern-day Automotive industry, focusing largely on electric vehicles, the industry’s primary ESG factor.

Thematic Analysis – 30 mins

Luke Gowland from GlobalData’s Thematic Analysis team will take you through alternative datasets that lie brimming with market information. From patents to company filings and M&A deals, unpick the themes set to cause a major splash in the Automotive industry.

Roundtable Discussion – 30 mins

Jonathon Poskitt, Justin Cox, Al Bedwell, and Dave Leggett, Editor of Just Auto, will join Calum and Luke during this industry roundtable to discuss key themes, use cases, and future strategies in more detail. The panel will be popping the hood on what makes the Automotive industry tick and what it could look like in five years’ time.

Conclusions & Outlook – 10 mins

To conclude, our analysts will draw together their research on the future state of the auto market to come to a series of actionable conclusions that you can use to shape the future direction of your firm. We’ll also give you the exclusive chance to field questions to our market-leading analysts.


Calum MacRae, Head of Research and Analysis, GlobalData’s Automotive Practice

Calum brings over 25 years of experience in automotive management consulting and business research to his role as Head of R&A at GlobalData’s Automotive practice, where his expertise in industry driver analysis, market and competitor assessment, and risk analysis for buy- and sell-side engagements, assists firms in deciding their future strategy.

Luke Gowland, Analyst, Thematic Research

Luke joined GlobalData’s Thematic Research team as an Analyst in 2019 after completing his MSc in Sustainability and Management at the University of Bath. His current role sees him tackle the most disruptive themes across the spectrum of business, including ESG and industry 4.0, where he led the publication of GlobalData’s report on IoT, as well as a recent project on how ‘alternative’ datasets can transform competitor assessment.

David Leggett, Editor, Just Auto

Editor of the leading online industry publication Just Auto, David is responsible for daily news and features output, as part of GlobalData’s spearhead to disseminate its market-leading intelligence across multiple content platforms. Prior to his time at Just Auto, David led light vehicle and automotive industry forecasting at the Economist Intelligence Unit and CSM Worldwide.

Al Bedwell, Director, Global Powertrain and E-mobility Forecasts, GlobalData.

Based in Oxford, UK, Al leads GlobalData’s research in powertrain and e-Mobility trends. He has more than 25 years of forecasting experience and is now positioned as a respected commentator on a range of issues including the global roadmap from combustion to a battery, battery sector development, and the demise of diesel. Al is a regular speaker at client and industry events in the automotive, energy, metals, and related sectors.

Justin Cox, Director, Global Production Forecasts, GlobalData

Justin is the Director of Global Production Forecasts at GlobalData, providing global oversight of the automotive production forecast activity. Prior to joining GlobalData, Justin held key sales and commercial management positions internationally for both Johnson Controls and GKN Driveline. In addition, he has held marketing roles with Mazda (UK) and analyst and consultancy positions at RL Polk, where he started his career. With over 25 years of experience, Justin has gained ‘real world’ insight into the commercial pressures and planning challenges facing the industry throughout the value chain.

Jonathon Poskitt, Director, Global Sales Forecasts

Jonathon leads GlobalData’s Sales Forecasts team and has analytical oversight of over 130 country market forecasts. He has 20 years of experience researching and analyzing the automotive sector, focusing on key drivers including economic environment, policy and legislation, OEM strategies, and segmentation trends. His research has covered OEM product plans, analyzing market potential for new models, and market studies on areas such as low-cost and luxury cars. He holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.