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Global car industry: John Tytherleigh
John Tytherleigh
Name: John Tytherleigh
Age: 43
Lives: Shanghai, China
Works: Programme management and sales

I'm 43 and have been in engineering since I left school. I got into the auto industry because, rather sadly, I like cars.

I am currently working for a US global parts supplier in Shanghai.

China is a dynamic place and a growing market. We are actually hiring people - which contrasts with our business in other regions which is contracting.

The Chinese people I've met are keen and quick to learn. They're quite different from the Japanese people I have worked with, who are far more reserved and less willing to discuss issues.

So working in China is OK. Shanghai is very international, not really like the rest of China at all. This makes it quite easy for expats like me to live here.

My kids get a great education and we get to travel to places we would not otherwise do. Although there are drawbacks - for example, we don't have much in the way of medical cover.

Jinmao tower in Shanghai
Shanghai is rapidly modernising
I've not always been in the car industry, but during my time I have seen many redundancies.

That's partly why I'm here in China. In this world you have to keep moving to where the work is.

Both the US and Europe face a tough time ahead, with growing competition from Eastern Europe and Asia.

Western manufactures will just have to become more specialised and focus on niche markets.

Actually, my real concern for the future is climate change.

This industry will continue to exist in the future. But not in its current form
I feel that "educated" thinking in the US on global warming is worryingly wrong.

When the past 15 warmest years have occurred in the past two decades that is fact, not fluke.

We also have to think about the impact of population growth.

Consumption in developed countries is growing but carbon emission will explode as people in India, China and elsewhere start to aspire to more.

What happens when they move from the bicycle to a motorbike or car?

I feel we will always need personal transport so this industry will continue to exist in the future - but not in its current form.

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