Your opportunity to hear suppliers’ views about UK automotive

02 September 2011 #SMMT News

SMMT has announced the next instalment in the popular series of Open Forum events, which will take place on 20 September at the University of Warwick, Coventry. The theme for the event is ‘The Suppliers’ View’, complementing the Open Forum in March that focused on ‘The Vehicle Manufacturers’ View’.

SMMT Open Forum at the International Manufacturing Centre, WMGHeld in the Warwick Manufacturing Group Auditorium, the event will include presentations from industry suppliers as well as the Automotive Council and its supporting bodies. The focus of the event will be the UK’s supply chain, looking at how to improve sourcing and supply in the UK, with key speakers including:

  • Paul Everitt – SMMT Chief Executive
  • Jerry Hardcastle – Vice President, Vehicle Development and Design, Nissan
  • Richard Parry Jones – Co-Chairman, Automotive Council
  • Ian Henry – Director, AutoAnalysis
  • Dave Allen – Supply Chain Group Deputy Chair, Jaguar Land Rover

Presentations on the topic of the ‘Outlook for the UK Supply Base’ will be given by representatives from Schaeffler UK, IAC Group, Tata Steel and Caxton FX.

For more information or to book your place at the Open Forum on 20 September, e-mail Claire Balch or call 020 7344 9225. To add a reminder to your calendar, or to download the agenda, visit the event’s page.

In responding to the needs of global vehicle manufacturers looking to source more components in the UK, SMMT is hosting a number of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events during the year. These events are designed to match sourcing demand to local suppliers and help to retain and build supply chain relationships.

Click through to find out more about the next series of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events in October and November 2011.

The Automotive Council was established in December 2009. Its establishment was a key recommendation of the industry led New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT) which reported in May of that year. To read more about its aims, members and recent reports, please visit


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