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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. 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.

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 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.

Buyers which participated in 2014 can be found below:

Aisin Europe Ford Europe McLaren
Allard Motor Cars Futaba Industrial Nissan
Aston Martin General Motors Penso
BMW Jaguar Land Rover Ptech
Brose DAF (Leyland Trucks) TATA Motors
Bosch Lear Corp Toyota
Cummins Mazda TRW


Other buying organisations who have supported the events since 2010 include the following:

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 2014 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)

SMMT’s 9th Meet the Buyer event has been announced and will be in partnership with with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation.

SMMT with UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) will jointly 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. The directors of purchasing for all of the OEMs have committed to attend with their teams.

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 will be available to book at these events and on a first come first served basis. We release batches, the final batch to be announced will give priority to members of SMMT. When details become available we will release these to those who have already expressed interest in attending or previously exhibited. Please download the booking form here. Please email supplychain@smmt.co.uk if you are interested in these events and others.

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 nhuggett@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 is 13 March 2015


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