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The automotive sector is hugely important to the UK economy, employing over 770,000 people and investing over £1.9bn 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.

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 current 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 email us at supplychain@smmt.co.uk and you will be added to a mailing list to receive information as soon as it becomes available.

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: 12 May 2015

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Conference and Event Centre, Central London.

SMMT and the UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation hosted the latest event in May 2015 to support the sourcing activities of both UK and overseas purchasing organisations, and encourage inwards investment in processes not currently supported in the UK.  22 buying organisations participated:

Adler Pelzer   –   Aisin Europe  –  Bentley  –  BorgWarner Turbo Systems  –  Brose  –  BWI Group  –  CAB Automotive  –  Calsonic Kansei  –  Case New Holland  –     Faurecia  –  Ford Europe  –  General Motors  –  Grupo Antolin  – Hitachi Automotive Systems    –   Honda  –   Jaguar Land Rover    –     Mazda    –    McLaren Automotive   –   Nissan   –   Peugeot Citroen  –  Sears Manufacturing  –    UK-NSI

SMMT has hosted nine Meet the Buyer events between 2010 and 2015 which has helped to facilitate over 2,000 one-to-one meetings with over 800 individuals representing over 600 unique companies from OEMs and tier one, two and three suppliers. 12 May 2015 event was the biggest yet with 70 exhibitors, 22 buyers and over 400 delegates brought together by invitation only in the central London location.

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  • Buyer participation

A legally vetted process drawn up by SMMT is 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 and therefore we strongly recommend that you keep your supplier profile up to date throughout the year.

If you wish to participate in future events as a buyer, please contact us at supplychain@smmt.co.uk for more information.

  • Supplier participation

The event is by invitation only. We ask each interested supplier to complete a company profile online and express interest in attending the events. We’ll submit each profile to the buyers and they will let us know which companies they would like SMMT to officially invite to join them for a one to one meeting at the event. The expression of interest form is now closed and will reopen once further details of the next event have been announced.


Meet the Buyer at the Driving Technological Change 2015 event

Register for the event and the Meet the Buyer session. The buyers include Bentley, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Mazda – more will be announced soon. Once you have registered for the Driving Technological Change event and indicated that you are interested in the Meet the Buyer session, SMMT will contact you with more information. The expression of interest closes on 12 June.

Following from the successful Driving Technological Change Conference held at Silverstone Circuits last year, the partners (see full list below) are pleased to announce this one day event will be taking place again this year, on 1st July 2015.

This one day conference will take place during the week of the British Grand Prix and will focus on the Transferability of Technologies between Motorsport, Automotive and beyond. Key technology themes of this event will include:

  • Vehicle Electrification: exploring advances within energy capture and storage including developing battery technology
  • Advanced Engine Technology: Focussing on new powertrain technology, engine light-weighting and the evolution of engine downsizing
  • Intelligent Mobility: looking at how motorsport technology is informing developments within intelligent transport networks and autonomous vehicles
  • Light Weighting: exploring the application of smart components and materials including structural integrity 

Event highlights:

  • National and international ‘Meet the Buyer’ opportunity
  • The very best industry speakers
  • Cutting edge technology showcase
  • Knowledge sharing seminars
  • Interactive panel debate
  • Inspiring keynote address
  • National and international ‘Meet the Buyer’ opportunity

This event is brought to you by the following partners:

  • UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
  • Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)
  • Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO)
  • Silverstone Circuits
  • Your Local Enterprise Partnerships (Northamptonshire, South East Midlands, Oxfordshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, Bucks Thames Valley, Coventry & Warwickshire and New Anglia)
  • South Northants Council, Cherwell District Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council


Tickets are £40 (excluding VAT) including lunch per person. Click HERE to book your place now.