Centre for Automotive Industry Research
Associated with the Logistics and Operations Management section

CAIR's mission is to focus on the broader business, strategic, social, environmental and economic impacts of global automobility and of the sector that provides it. We seek to continue to be recognised worldwide by academics, policy makers, industry and other stakeholders as a source of theoretical insight and objective analysis with a uniquely cross-disciplinary perspective.

With increasing pressure to make the automotive industry and its products more sustainable, growing uncertainty in the industry and questioning of existing business models, CAIR’s research expertise is increasingly valued.

Co-ordinatorsView all members

Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management
Co-Director, Centre for Automotive Industry Research
Co-Director Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (joint venture with School of Engineering)
+44 (0)29 208 75702
B49, Aberconway Building
Professor of Business and Sustainability
+44 (0)29 208 75717
B45, Aberconway Building

Research Highlights View all

Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, senior lecturer in logistics and operations management, has recently launched a new book, ‘Sustainable Automobility – Understanding the car as a natural system’.

At a recent meeting of the Welsh Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) expert steering group, researchers contributed to discussions about a LCV Action Plan for Wales.

In a recent article in The Conversation, Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis describes how electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity in Europe.

Projects View all

Some of the projects currently being worked on by members of this group

'Best Environmental Management Practice' in car manufacturing

Duration: 1st December 2013 to 31st October 2015
Sponsored by European Commission via Ricardo-AEA
Award type: Services

Collaborative research

ENEVATE is a project funded by the European Commission via the INTERREG IVb programme, involving multiple international partners to analyse lessons learnt from electric mobility projects in Northwest Europe. CAIR works in partnership with ENGIN on this project. CAIR hosted an international Electric Vehicle Summit in June 2012 under the Aegis of ENEVATE and supported by BRASS. This was opened by the First Minister of Wales underlining the importance of this work for the Welsh economy. The First Minister also officially launched the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE), a Cardiff University centre coordinated by CAIR and ENGIN. 

CAIR was also a partner in an EPSRC 'Bridging-the-Gaps' project headed up by Dr Liana Cipcigan at ENGIN. This project was designed to pool the expertise of colleagues around CU to explore risk factors along the emerging electric vehicle value chain. It is not often appreciated how different this is from the traditional automotive value chain, and the risks involved are often still seen as technological, rather than social, psychological, cultural and regulatory.

Academics from CAIR also participate in Cardiff University’s multidisciplinary Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Selected publications

Antony, J., Gijo, E.V., Kumar, M., McAdam, R., Mendibil, K., (2013), An Application of Six Sigma Methodology for improving the First Pass Yield Improvement of a Grinding Process, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (Accepted for Publication)

Christensen, T.B., Wells, P. and Cipcigan, L. (2012) Innovative business models for sustainable mobility with Better Place and electric cars in Denmark, Energy Policy, 48, 498-505.

Harper, G. and Wells, P. (2012) Diverse regional sustainability strategies: template for the future or squandered resources? International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 12(2), 153-171. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2012.046860.

Mishra, N., Kumar, V., Kumar, N., Kumar, M., Tiwari, M.K., (2011),  Lot-size scheduling problem in warehouse management: A Constraint Based Fast Simulated Annealing (CBFSA) approach, Expert Systems with Applications, Vol.38, No.9, pp. 11751-11762

Nieuwenhuis, P., Beresford, A. and Choi, K-Y (2012), Shipping or local production? CO2 impact of a strategic decision; an automotive industry case study, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 140, Issue 1, November, doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.01.034. [ABS3]

Wells, P. (2012) Converging transport policy, industrial policy and environmental policy: the implications for localities and social equity, Local Economy, 27(7), 747-761. [ABS2]

Wells, P. and Nieuwenhuis, P. (2012) Transition failure: understanding continuity in the automotive industry, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, DOI:10.1016/j.techfore.2012.06.008. 27th July 2012. [ABS3]

Wells, P.; Varma, A.; Newman, D.; Kay, D.; Gibson, G.; Beevor, J. and Skinner, I. (2012) Governmental regulation impact on producers and consumers: a longitudinal analysis of the European automotive market, Transportation Research A: Policy and Practice, Accepted. doi: 10.1016/j.tra.2012.10.023

Wells, P. (2012) Diversity, scale and sustainability in human systems: towards a research agenda, Journal of Cleaner Production, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.06.011.

Wells, P. and Zapata, C. (2012) Renewable eco-industrialism: a new frontier for industrial ecology? Journal of Industrial Ecology. Article first published online: 17 May 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00487.x

Wells, P. and Beynon, M. (2011) Corruption, automobility cultures and road traffic deaths: the perfect storm in rapidly motorizing countries? Environment and Planning A, 43(10), 2492-2503. doi:10.1068/a4498.

Wells, P. and Faro, T. (2011) Eco-efficiency, self-sufficiency and sustainability in transport: the limits for Brazilian sugarcane ethanol policy, Natural Resources Forum, 35(1), 21-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.2010.01340.x.

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