The UK automotive components industry is one of the most important contributors to the UK economy and plays a vital role in vehicle production worldwide. The Automotive Components Section at SMMT offers effective representation to its members and other stakeholders. It is composed of a committee comprised of leading multi-national companies and SMEs who meet quarterly to discuss the future direction of the industry. It is open to representatives from any UK automotive components manufacturing company.
The axle supports the weight of the vehicle and transfers motion from the engine to the road wheels. A separate frame is no longer necessary in most vehicles, although heavy vehicles use simple sub-frames fixed to the mainframe with rubber connections. Most vehicles, however, have an integrated construction; all the various assembly units are attached to the body of the vehicle, which serves as the frame. In this way, the entire vehicle is supported and anchored by its body.
The manufacturing process for the components of an automobile involves various types of processes. The first step in this process involves the coating of the components with various types of materials. Dry coating involves applying a dry coating, such as DLC, to friction-causing engine parts. The second step involves applying liquids to the components. Both processes can use various agents, including silicone, water, or oil, to coat them with a uniform and durable finish.