SMMT Events

Meet the Buyer

16_SMMT_Meet_the_Buyer_CMYKThe next event will join Automechanika Birmingham at the NEC on 8 June 2016. For more information click here.

The UK’s supply chain is growing fast. The Automotive Council’s latest figures show that UK car manufacturers are now sourcing 41% from UK tier 1 suppliers, compared to 36% in 2011. Between 2011 and 2015, there has been an estimated compound growth of 32% in volume sourced from UK suppliers; and the annual turnover of the UK automotive parts sector has increased to an estimated £11.6 billion.[1]

There is still a continued interest and commitment from global vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) and now increasing interest from the UK’s Tier 1 suppliers to source more components in the UK and in response to these needs, SMMT hosts the Meet the Buyer events. These events are designed to match OEM sourcing demand to local suppliers and help to retain and build supply chain relationships. View the latest investment announcements here.

SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) service represents one of the largest and most comprehensive databases of automotive companies operating in the UK. Used as the primary source to find suppliers for all our Meet the Buyer events, the database is able to define companies by the products and services, quality standards and plant capabilities.

Our last event in May 2015 in partnership with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation, was the biggest yet with over 400 delegates representing 240 unique companies, and 22 OEM and Tier 1 buying organisations. Over 300 appointments were facilitated on the day at QEII Conference Centre in London.

We ask all buyers involved in these events to identify which commodities/services they are looking to source from the UK manufacturers. To view the 2016 event commodity list click here.  All of these events are by invitation only and we cannot guarantee one to one meetings. To register your interest in being considered for the next event please complete a profile here:

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