SMMT Events

Regional Events

SMMT organise a series of regional events throughout the year for UK automotive companies in the North, Midlands and South.

  • Regional Forum

    Date: 5 May 2022

    Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU

    Keynote speaker:

    • Alan Johnson, Vice President, Nissan UK Sunderland Plant


    • Dr. Graham Hoare OBE, Deputy CEO and President, Britishvolt
    • Prof. James Widmer, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Electric Machines
    • Matthew Ogg, Senior Policy Manager, SMMT
    • Mick Flanagan, Vice President, Customer Group, Adient
    • Liv Pearce, Executive Officer, Britishvolt

    SMMT Regional Forum North East provides a platform for discussion on the opportunities and challenges for the automotive industry in the region and regularly attracts 200+ senior automotive delegates, from a wide range of companies including vehicle manufacturers, global and local suppliers.

    This is a must attend event for those looking to network with key contacts within the UK automotive industry.

    The sessions will highlight how companies are responding to the challenge of net zero, levelling up opportunities and developing products and technologies that will secure the automotive footprint in the region.


    Session One – Electrification
    Welcome introduction: Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Keynote speech: Alan Johnson, Vice President, Nissan Manufacturing UK
    Electrifying society in the race to zero; not all batteries are made equal: Dr. Graham Hoare OBE, Deputy CEO and President, Britishvolt
    Faster, further, greener: Prof. James Widmer, CEO, Advanced Electric Machines
    Q&A panel session: Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Refreshment Break and Networking

    Session Two – Levelling Up and Sustainability
    UK automotive & levelling up: political myth or business opportunity: Matt Ogg, Senior Policy Manager, SMMT
    A tier 1 supplier journey toward sustainability: Mick Flanagan, Vice President, Adient
    Levelling the playing field, for a sustainable future for all: Liv Pearce, Executive Officer, Britishvolt
    Q&A panel session: Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Closing remarks: Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Lunch and Networking
    Event Close

    Registration for this event is now open, please find associated costs below:

    Member Ticket: Free. Your company’s SMMT membership number will be required

    If you require accommodation, we’ve arranged the preferential rate of £84 per person, including breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland (dependent on availability). To book, please contact the hotel directly on 0191 500 9494 and reference that you are attending the SMMT event on 5th May 2022.

    There are also other hotels in Sunderland, including The Roker Hotel BW Premier Collection.

    Contact us on 0207 235 7000 or if you need any assistance.

    Regional Forum Exhibitors


    Highlights from the Regional Forum

  • Regional Networking events offer SMMT members the opportunity to network, build relationships and knowledge share. Free for SMMT members to attend.

    Future events

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    Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

    Venue: Element Materials Technology, Wednesbury, WS10

    Please join us for a networking event hosted by SMMT member Element Materials Technology, taking place at Wednesbury Trading Estate.

    Element is a leading global provider of Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services on a wide range of products, materials, processes and services and products for a diverse set of end markets, where failure in service is simply not an option.

    To find out how to attend, please contact: