JLT Specialty launches global Automotive division

05 March 2018

JLT Specialty (JLT), the specialist global insurance broker and risk consultant, has launched a new global automotive division to meet the rapidly changing risk landscape currently facing auto manufacturers and suppliers.

Through a partnership with Resilinc, a global provider of supply chain risk and resiliency solutions, JLT is offering an innovative insurance solution which links cutting-edge supply chain analytics to enable the insurance market to provide a breadth of Business Interruption coverage that has previously been unavailable. Clients will be able to access real-time monitoring of 45 types of events that have the potential to disrupt auto makers’ and their Tier1/Tier 2 suppliers’ complex global supply chains. By mapping the entire global supply chain, JLT’s clients will be able to monitor potential failure points and improve supplier resiliency.

The launch of JLT’s new global automotive division comes amid the increasing appetite for autonomous vehicles, significant advances in vehicle connectivity, changing consumer behaviour and tightening environmental regulations. As automotive products become more technology focused, there will be an inevitable shift from human to product liability. According to KPMG, product liability insurance will rise from 0% in 2017 to 57% in 2050 of total auto losses to cover the autonomous technology in vehicles. Auto manufacturers will assume more of the driving risk and associated product liabilities. In addition, interconnected component parts from numerous suppliers and territories as well as greater complexity of supply chain are likely to lead to higher product risk exposure. 

With the accelerated pace of connectivity and autonomous vehicles, JLT projects a significant rise in cyber and technology risks whether it is hacking driverless cars or electronic communication errors and breakdowns from the complex electronic systems. To address these growing concerns faced by manufacturers and suppliers, JLT’s automotive division will deliver a seamless insurance solution that will respond to the convergence of a broad range of risks from cyber, technology, products liability to product recall.

Matt Grimwade, Head of Automotive at JLT Specialty, said: ‘The auto industry is changing rapidly, driven by technological innovation and increased complexity of supply chain on a global scale. The traditional silo approach from the insurance industry is insufficient to deal with the breadth of product risks arising from connected and autonomous vehicles. JLT tackles this issue by providing a more joined up solution to reduce ambiguity and avoid duplications and gaps in insurance cover.

Through robust data and analytics coupled with our specialist expertise, we will provide auto makers and their suppliers with innovative insurance solutions to meet these risk challenges.’

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* KPMG report The Chaotic Middle: The Autonomous Vehicle and Disruption in Automobile Insurance June 2017

Corinne Gladstone
PR Manager, JLT Group
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About Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence.

JLT is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and owns offices in 41 countries with more than 10,600 employees. Supported by the JLT International Network, it offers risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries.

JLT Specialty Limited (JLT Specialty) is a specialist insurance broker and risk consultant, providing market leading industry knowledge and expertise in specialist fields to some of the world's largest companies.

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