SMMT Events

Open Forum

SMMT’s Open Forum was held at Automechanika Birmingham again this year.

Open Forum is a half day conference, focused on the automotive supply chain. Content includes a range of expert presentations on key current and upcoming issues, as well as opportunities within the field and a series of networking breakout sessions.

The event attracts over 300 visitors and provides a platform to network with senior decision makers and key influencers within the UK automotive supply chain. Senior and high quality supply chain delegates from OEMs, tier 1, medium and small suppliers make up the typical audience.

Open Forum 2017 – Slides

Who Attended?

To view a list of companies who attended – click here


Automechanika Birmingham, Concourse Suites 1 & 2, NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Agenda / Timings

08.30      Registration and networking

09:30      Event start

Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
Introduction and welcome

Judith Richardson, Vice President of Purchasing, Nissan Europe
Supplying Nissan – A vision for the UK

Alan Draper, Director, Purchasing Ford of Europe and Global Team Value Management, Ford

Ford and the UK supply chain

Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner, Frost & Sullivan
Transformative trends reshaping the future of automotive aftermarket and supply Chain

11:00       Coffee break and networking

Micheal Flanagan, Vice President, Adient
Future automotive technology and market trends – The view and response of Adient

Chris TurnerDirector of Advanced Technology Marketing, ARM
As cars becomes computers on wheels where will they take us?

Prof. David Greenwood, Advanced Propulsion Systems, WMG, University of Warwick
The UK supply chain for automotive batteries

12:15          Panel Q&A

12:25         Closing comments

12.30       Free lunch and networking at The Connected & Digital Technology Zone (hall 6, stand 6B11) & the Automechanika Birmingham show


Members attend for FREE . Quote your membership number to claim your free VIP pass

Non-members pay £100 + VAT per ticket.