Tim Williams, Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum
commented: "We are delighted that Roger's significant contribution to the manufacturing and engineering industry has been acknowledged at the highest level, and through his inspiration and leadership, we will see this vitally important sector in Wales achieve even more added value, thus turning vision into reality."
Tim Williams, of the Welsh Automotive Forum
, told the BBC: "It is going to have an impact on suppliers in Wales and that's the analysis we are working on.
Tim Williams, Welsh Automotive Forum
chief executive, described it as a round-breaking initiative that will benefit both academia and automotive sectors.
I was privileged to attend the Welsh Automotive Forum
members dinner in December and was very proud to be a runner-up for the EESW Tom Parry Jones Award.
Around 18,000 people are directly employed in the motor industry in Wales, according to the Welsh Automotive Forum
She said to maximise the benefits from the rally, which will have a serving base at Toyota in Deeside, there will be an industry awareness event for students at the Wales Rally GB service park on Deeside and a Welsh Automotive Forum
conference at Venue Cymru.
Toyota, Honda and BMW are investing in their UK bases in a move which will support the 163 Welsh component manufacturers who are members of the Welsh Automotive Forum
. "The export picture is equally bright.
The task force, led by the Welsh Automotive Forum
, will begin by identifying all the supplier firms, the extent to which they are hit and precisely what they need in the way of support.
Internationally renowned engineer Professor Richard Parry-Jones has been appointed chairman of the Welsh Automotive Forum
board of directors.
Professor Garel Rhys, chairman of the Welsh Automotive Forum
and the St Athan & Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, said a "reckless attitude" by successive UK governments has created the current crisis.
Welsh Automotive Forum
chief executive Tim Williams said 12 Welsh companies supply Rover with steering systems, braking systems and electronics and could lose staff.
Wales' automotive sector is a key employer: according to the Welsh Automotive Forum
, there are around 18,000 people employed by companies in the sector with a great many other jobs being supported indirectly.