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2015 Meet the Buyer event – 12 May 2015, central London

Express interest and submit company profile to be considered for the event via the link here. For details on the buyers and the demand list please go to the 2015 tab.

Initial closing date for Expression of Interest is 13 March 2015.

The automotive sector is hugely important to the UK economy, employing over 730,000 people and investing over £1.7bn 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 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.

Buyers participating to be announced shortly.

Product and service demand list available to view using the expression of interest profile submission form shortly. View a copy here (available soon) but please complete capacity using online form.

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 June 2014 in partnership with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation, was the biggest yet with over 400 delegates representing 210 unique companies, and 22 OEM and Tier 1 buying organisations. Over 360 appointments were facilitated on the day at ExCeL London. Of these 360 appointments, initial analysis of the known outcomes shows that over 60% had a positive outcome and are expecting follow up activities as a result of the event.

Buyer organisations who have supported the events since 2010 include the following. You can find a full list of the 2015 expected participating buyers on the second tab:

Bentley, BWI Group, CAB Automotive, Calsonic Kansei, Futaba Tenneco, Grupo Antolin, Houghton Parkhouse, Honda, Hi-Lex Cable Systems, IAC Group, Koito Europe, Kostal UK, LuK UK, LuK GmbH, Mobis Parts, Nissin Showa, Perkins and Caterpillar, Sanoh Manufacturing, Scorpion Automotive, Sears Manufacturing and Unipart.

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. Decisions on whether your company is sent an invitation to these events is given to the buyers. 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: Central London (invitation only)

Meet the Buyer buyers and their ‘shopping list’ available

Please use the online form to express interest in being considered for an invite, view the product and service demand list and submit a profile.

SMMT will host the event in 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. Buyers confirmed participation so far and their shopping list can be viewed here. Please ensure you submit your Expression of Interest and let us know who you would like to meet and what products and services  (version 4) you can supply using the online form only. The closing date for receiving profiles is 21 April 2015 however we cannot guarantee all the buyers will review the profiles submitted after the 13 March. For a brief of each of the tier 1 buyers click here.

Aisin Europe  –  Bentley  –  BorgWarner Turbo Systems  –  Brose  –  BWI Group  –  CAB Automotive  –  Calsonic Kansei  –  Cummins  –     Faurecia  –  Ford Europe  –  General Motors  –  Grupo Antolin  – Hitachi Automotive Systems    –    Jaguar Land Rover  – Kautex Textron   –    Lear Corporation   –       Mazda    –    McLaren Automotive   –   Nissan   –   Parker Hannifin Manufacturing   –  Penso  –  Peugeot Citroen  –  Sears Manufacturing  –  Showa UK  –  TRW  –  UK-NSI

SMMT has hosted eight Meet the Buyer events between 2010 and 2014 which has helped to facilitate nearly 2,000 one-to-one meetings with over 700 individuals representing over 470 unique companies from OEMs and tier one, two and three suppliers.

  • Exhibition space

Exhibition space for the event is sold out and we are now collating a waiting list to be able to release the final batch of spaces. If you would like to be put on this list please complete and send the booking form to supplychain@smmt.co.uk or fax it to (0)20 7235 7112 as soon as possible. A space will be confirmed via email on receipt of a booking form with full payment information. Please take time to read the terms and conditions and note that we will do our best to accommodate requests however these events are becoming increasingly popular with limited spaces available.

  • 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.

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

  • Supplier participation

Expression of interest (EOI) is now officially open and you must complete the online form in order to be considered for this event. Once we know more details about the next event we will email further information to the email specified. Initial closing date for Expression of Interest was 13 March 2015. We are sending profiles to the buyers again on or just after the 21 April so you still have a chance to be reviewed by the buyers but we cannot guarantee all will see.

There will still be an opportunity to submit your profile after this point but we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by every buyer. Some buyers will take longer than others to review their lists, so official invitations may be sent from now until the week before the event. SMMT will be hosting a supplier preparation webinar at 10.30am on 29 April 2015.

To register for the session, follow the link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2878507513274761986.

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To view the full exhibitor list for this year’s event please click here.