25 June 2014 – expression of interest – complete the form here.

The automotive sector is hugely important to the UK economy, employing over 700,000 people and investing over £1.5bn in R&D every year. The strength and capability of the automotive supply chain is a crucial factor in driving growth and attracting inward investment – a point reinforced by the publication of the Automotive Council study ‘Growing the Automotive Supply Chain’.

There is genuine continued interest and commitment from global vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) to source more components in the UK and in response to these needs, SMMT hosted a number of 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 latest event in May 2013 was the biggest yet with over 225 delegate attendances representing 144 unique supplier companies, and over 20 OEM and Tier 1 buying organisations. Over 360 appointments were facilitated on the day at the venue in the West Midlands. Of these 360 appointments, initial analysis shows that over 60% had a positive outcome.

Last year’s event in July was also a big success and saw 330 buyer/supplier appointments occur between the 190 attendees. Feedback of the event and the appointments which took place has indicated that over 65% of the appointments had a positive outcome.

Supporting the events over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, were some major OEM companies and tier 1 companies including the following:

Aisin Europe, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bosch, BMW Group, Brose, BWI Group, CAB Automotive, Calsonic Kansei, Faurecia, Ford Europe, Futaba Industrial and Futaba Tenneco, General Motors, Grupo Antolin, Houghton Parkhouse, Hi-Lex Cable Systems, IAC Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Koito Europe, Kostal UK, Leyland Trucks, LuK UK, LuK GmbH, Mobis Parts, Nissan UK, Nissin Showa, Perkins and Caterpillar, Sanoh Manufacturing, Scorpion Automotive, Sears Manufacturing, TATA Motors, Toyota Europe and Unipart .

Expression of interest as a supplier complete the form here.

We are keen to hear from you if you are interested in being part of these events as a buyer. Please contact Nikki Huggett on nhuggett@smmt.co.uk for more information.

We ask all buyers involved in these events to identify which commodities/services they are looking to source from the UK manufacturers. Decisions on whether your company is sent an invitation to these events is left with the buyers. All of these events are by invitation only. Register your interest in being considered for the next event here.

We encourage you to check your company profile and contacts are up to date regularly by using the industry directory editing tool available from www.autosupplierfinder.com

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Date: June 2014

Venue: London

SMMT’s 8th Meet the Buyer event will be in partnership with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation

SMMT with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) will jointly host an event in 2014 to support the sourcing activities of both UK and overseas purchasing organisations, and encourage inwards investment in processes not currently supported in the UK. The directors of purchasing for all of the OEMs have committed to attend with their teams.

SMMT has hosted seven Meet the Buyer events between 2010 and 2013 which has helped to facilitate over 1,100 one-to-one meetings with over 500 individuals representing over 340 unique companies from OEMs and tier one and two suppliers.

Exhibition space

Guests can attend for free but exhibition spaces are chargeable at SMMT member and non member rates. Stand allocation will be based on availability and suitability of the products/services offered and subject to terms and conditions set out in the booking form.

Buyers participation

A legally vetted process drawn up by SMMT will be used to gather the necessary sourcing demand information from buyers. The Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) database of product and service terms will be used to check for supplier capabilities against the buyer’s commodity demand list.

The list of confirmed buyers is:

Aisin Europe Ford Europe Parker Hannifin Manufacturing (UK) Ltd
Aston Martin Futaba Industrial UK Ltd Penso UK
BMW General Motors Sears Manufacturing
Brose Jaguar Land Rover TATA Motors
CAB Automotive Leyland Trucks Toyota
Denso Manufacturing UK Ltd LuK (UK) TRW
Faurecia Nissan  

If you wish to participate in this event as a buyer, please contact Nikki Huggett on nhuggett@smmt.co.uk for more information.

Suppliers participation

  1. Expression of interest (EOI) to be completed by emailing supplychain@smmt.co.uk. Once we know more details about the next event we will email further information. Alternatively you can complete the online expression of interest form.
  2. Review the latest commodity demand list which will be available about three months before the event. When it is released let us know what you can supply from this list to ensure we put your company details forward appropriately.
  3. Update the company profile in Automotive Supplier Finder using the profile editing tool here www.autosupplierfinder.com/midedit. SMMT use the details you provide on your products and services to put together a list of the companies that can potentially supply against the demand lists provided by each of the buyers. It is important that you check we have the details of your capabilities.

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