The Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) announces that Ken Smart, executive director of business strategy for McLaren Automotive, will take over the role of chair.

He takes over from Alex Aucken, previously global automotive director, Solvay, following the completion of his term of office.

Smart led the project team responsible for establishing the £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) and has now been promoted to the company’s executive team. Before joining McLaren, he was MD of three aerospace and defence companies.

‘It’s a great honour to be appointed as the new chair of the Composites Leadership Forum at such an important moment for the sector,’ said Smart. ‘The UK automotive industry recognises the importance of work to reduce overall vehicle weight which, when combined with future powertrains, will be vital to delivering the future mobility solutions needed. This is an area where the UK can develop world-leading, truly innovative solutions applicable for automotive, aerospace and defence applications.’

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