International Services

International Activities

Find our full list of events, webinars, opportunities, reports and partner organisation activities on this page. If you have a specific market in mind, click on the continent symbols below.

Events and webinars

All webinars and events are listed here, if you want to look at activities in a specific market, click on the continent symbols above.

Automechanika Frankfurt
Virtual: 14-18 September 2021
This year Automechanika Frankfurt will offer a digital package for exhibitors and visitors.

Webinar: Jacksonville, Florida – opportunities for UK automotive
Virtual: 13 September 2021, 14:00 (BST)
Jacksonville is an exciting area for UK automotive companies wanting to do business in the US. An autonomous vehicle network is being launched, OEMs including BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Toyota have established distribution operations in the wider region, and it has an enormous consumer base. Join the webinar to hear about the opportunities.

Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT)
Virtual: 29 September-1 October 2021
SMMT in partnership with DIT, APC and the Welsh government will be organising a virtual UK delegation

Activities from partner organisations

Growing your exports with the Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade has launched fully-funded programmes to support SMEs towards their international trade aspirations.

Reports and updates

Top 10 growth markets – 2025 vs 2019 (millions)


Canada’s Automotive Industry
5 May 2021
May’s SMMT International Newsletter features guest writers Warren Ali, Senior Vice President – Innovation, and Sofia Gerretsen from the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

Outlook for Chinese EV sector in 2021
2 March 2021
Qian Li, Head of UK – Business Development and Partnerships at China EV100 discusses the outlook for the Chinese EV sector in 2021. 

The Biden Administration: Turning the page and re-charging the race to electrify
1 February, 2021
Josh Williams, Vice Consul, Head of Automotive  and Advanced Manufacturing, USA discusses key themes and possible implications for the UK under Biden’s Administration. 

Slovakia and the UK: bonds tied through Innovation and Expertise
1 December 2020
Michal Sventek, Trade Adviser, DIT Bratislava discusses Slovakia’s automotive sector.

The US, UK and Future of Transportation
25 September 2020
Rebecca Saletta, Vice Consul, Head of Automotive – West Coast, USA discusses how the worlds of automotive, mobility and smart cities blend closer and closer together in order to meet the common goal of safer and cleaner transportation as well as ways in which to develop new opportunities for UK expertise to enter the market. 

UK and South Korea: Partners in future mobility
21 August 2020
Jiyoung Lee, Senior Trade Officer DIT Seoul discusses South Korea’s rapidly evolving automotive industry. 




South Africa

South African company looking for a strategic partner involved in wire springs/forms; metal pressings; power & constant force springs


Company looking for a JV to do with NOX, Differential pressure, temperature sensors required in BSVI emission Selective catalytic reductor (SCR ) or Engine after treatment System (EATS)

Company looking for a JV to do with engine sensors gas/ lambda sensor/knoc sensor/Fuel pressure sensors

Company looking for a JV to do with BSVI intake throttle valves (ITV) which are required for thermal management for SCR system

Technical capabilities for manufacturing of CFRP/GFRP Auto components

Technical capabilities for manufacturing of CFRP/GFRP Auto components

Hydraulic pumps and motors – looking for global partner to enter the market

Trailers – looking for global partner to accelerate entry into the market

Excavator undercarriages – looking for global partner to accelerate entry into the market


Parts and accessories for vehicles and their engines

North America

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program

Research Hub for Electric Technologies in Truck Applications (RHETTA)