SMMT Events

Meet the Buyer

SMMT runs a number of Meet the Buyer style events, each aimed at helping buyers meet suppliers that fit their particular needs at any point during their purchasing cycle.

The events are regularly used by organisations of all shapes and sizes to find new suppliers, connect with old ones or to lay the foundations for future partnerships.

SMMT has a strong track record of delivering value through these events to both buyers and suppliers, with events always being oversubscribed.

 3 October 2024, CBS Arena, Coventry

SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event will return for 2024. The event will match automotive buyers with suppliers to develop meaningful business connections during this key period of recovery and transition.

The event will be hosted physically at the CBS Arena, Coventry on 3 October 2024.

How to take part


Exhibition Opportunities

SMMT will be conducting VIP tours of the exhibitor area with the Buyers so there is a fantastic opportunity for exposure for those who take a stand.  Please see rates below, early bird rates available until 28 June 2024:

  • Member Exhibition Space: £700+VAT per stand (early bird rate £600+VAT)
  • Non Member Exhibition Space: £1250+VAT per stand (early bird rate £999+VAT)

Key Dates

Stage Opening Date Closing Date
Expressions of Interest Period 20/03/2024 08/09/2024
Event Registration Period 20/03/2024 30/09/2024
Early Bird Discount Period for exhibition stands and non-member tickets 20/03/2024 28/06/2024
Buyer Commodities Lists Announced 02/07/2024 02/07/2024
Meeting Matching Period 09/09/2024 20/09/2024
Meet the Buyer – Event Day 03/10/2024 03/10/2024


Format for the day

Alongside the 1-1 buyer supplier meetings, the event will also include:

  • A plenary session
  • Exhibitions
  • Facilitated networking
  • Seminars and workshops

Key areas of interest

SMMT aims to recruit as many automotive buyers and suppliers to the event, to deliver as much value as possible to the sector. Buyers across ALL commodity areas of interest are welcome, including those responsible for components and capabilities in the following areas:

  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Power electronics
  • Motors and electric machines
  • Infotainment and connectivity
  • Sensors and autonomy

Please contact us at if you or your company would like to take part in Meet the Buyer as buyers in 2024.


For more information, please contact, or find frequently asked questions about Meet the Buyer process here.