• Meet the Buyer events
  • Meet the Buyer 2016

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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 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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Venue: Automechanika Birmingham at the NEC, Birmingham

Date: 8 June 2016 (second day of the show)

SMMT has announced it is to bring its popular Meet the Buyer event to Automechanika Birmingham in 2016 in continued support of the sourcing activities of both UK and overseas purchasing organisations, and encouraging inward investment in processes not currently supported in the UK. 

The 2016 Meet the Buyer event has been announced as taking place at the three day Automechanika Birmingham show at the NEC on the 8 June 2016. At this stage we are taking expressions of interest with a limited profile. When available, we’ll provide you with a list of the products and services demand from each of the participating buyers and an area to submit meeting requests ahead of the day. All meeting requests and profiles must be finalised by 29 April 2016. After this date, not all profiles will be reviewed by all buyers. SMMT will be in touch as soon as a buyer confirms a meeting after this date, only when one or more of the buyers confirms a meeting.

In 2015, 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 event via http://meetthebuyer.autosupplierfinder.com. 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 open for the 2016.

Note: Attendees for the Meet the Buyer event, must also register their FREE attendance for the Automechanika Show  when the registration page is open. If you are interested in exhibiting at the show please email amb@smmt.co.uk for more information.