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
Frankfurt, Germany: 14-18 September 2021
SMMT will be organising the UK pavilion at this leading aftermarket trade show.


The Battery Show, USA
Novi, Michigan, USA: 14-16 September 2021
UK pavilion at a leading battery supply chain show with 10,000+ visitors.

Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT)
Pune, India: 29 September-1 October 2021
Postponed from January 2021, exhibition and conference focusing on technology in the automotive sector with the last edition welcoming 4,600 visitors.

Activities from partner organisations

Webinar Series: Access Automotive Opportunities in Growing Markets 
Virtual: 9-18 March 2021
The Department for International Trade is hosting a webinar series to increase awareness of export opportunities in the Automotive sector and provide the tools for the next steps to capitalise on them.

7th International CEE Automotive Forum
Budapest, Hungary: 14-15 April 2021 
Adam Smith Conferences are bringing together all the leading players of the automotive industry from 20+ CEE countries to discuss how to rebuild the industry after COVID-19. This event has been postponed to 14-15 April 2021.


Reports and updates

Top 10 growth markets – 2025 vs 2019 (millions)


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


Automotive components

North America

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program

Research Hub for Electric Technologies in Truck Applications (RHETTA)