International Activities


Events and webinars

Trade mission: World New Energy Vehicle Congress
Hainan, China | 23-27 November
SMMT and the Department for Business and Trade are organising a UK delegation to the World New Energy Vehicle Congress plus calls on Chinese vehicle manufacturers and B2B  meetings with local companies.

Activities from partner organisations

SMMT International Advisory Network
A directory of companies offering services to support British automotive or mobility companies to do business overseas, or to help international companies looking to set up in the UK.

Reports and updates

UK Pavilion shines at SIAT 2024
31 January 2024
The SMMT International team and Department for Business and Trade led a UK delegation to Pune including a visit to the Symposium on International Automotive Technology, B2B meetings, a demonstration from EKA Mobility of one of their innovative electric buses and a vibrant networking reception.

Opportunities in the Indian Electric Vehicle Sector
15 December 2022
This report is designed to help UK companies understand the developing EV sector in India to inform their strategy and approach to the market. It looks at the strategy of India’s automotive manufacturers, profiling domestic players, foreign investors and two-wheel producers as they transition to electrified propulsion.

India gears up for new growth and an EV revolution
4 July 2022
Kevin McCole, Managing Director at UK India Business Council writes about the future of India’s EV sector in July’s SMMT International Update.

Thailand Speeding Up EVs
1 December 2021
Chanin Khaochan, Deputy Secretary General at the Thailand Board of Investment writes about Thailand’s EV ambitions in December’s SMMT International Update.

Indonesia’s Progress Towards Electric Vehicles
2 November 2021
Efrizal Saputra, Trade and Investment Manager (Infrastructure) at the Department for International Trade in Indonesia is the guest writer for November’s SMMT International Update.

The electrification roadmap ahead for India
1 July 2021
Avnish Malhotra, India Sector Specialist – Future Mobility and Head of British Trade Office in Pune at the Department for International Trade in India is the guest writer for July’s SMMT International Update.

Israel Automotive
6 April 2021
Ofer Fohrer, Minister, Head of Economic and Trade Mission to the UK is the guest writer for April’s SMMT International Update.

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 in March’s SMMT International Update.

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 in August’s SMMT International Update.

Previous events and webinars

UK Pavilion: Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 20-22 June
SMMT is organising a UK pavilion at Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City to explore the Vietnamese automotive aftermarket.

UK Pavilion: Future Mobility Asia
Bangkok, Thailand: 15-17 May
SMMT is organising a UK pavilion at Future Mobility Asia, a showcase for clean mobility concepts, solutions and technologies.

Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) 2024
Pune, India : 23-25 January
SMMT organised the UK pavilion at Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT), allowing UK companies to exhibit and be supported by SMMT

Trade Show: Automechanika Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 22-24 November 2022
SMMT is attending Automechanika Dubai 2022, the largest international trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry in the wider Middle East region.

Online: Building resilient supply chains between the UK and Asia – automotive/advanced engineering
Online: 28 November 2022, 09:30-11:00 (UK)
Santander is hosting an online event which will look at the challenges of managing supply chains in Asia, as well as providing insights and guidance to companies looking to strengthen their supply chain operations between Europe and Asia.

UK Pavilion: Daegu International Future Auto Expo (DIFA)
Daegu, Korea: 27-30 October 2022
SMMT is supporting Department for International Trade to bring a UK Delegation to exhibit at DIFA covering vehicle electrification and connectivity technologies.

Webinar: UK Automotive Trade Mission to India & AUTOEXPO 2023
Online: Friday 28 October, 09:30 (UK)
Hear more about the Indian automotive market and upcoming plans for a UK Delegation to visit three cities in India plus Auto Expo Components Show to explore opportunities in the electrification and hydrogen value chain.

Indian trade delegation visit to the UK
London, UK: Monday 1 August 2022
Meet with Indian companies interested in collaborating with British automotive businesses when it comes to battery and electrification technology.

Webinar: Automotive in South East Asia – Indonesia & Thailand
Virtual: 14 October 2021
South East Asia has been one of the world’s economic bright spots in recent years, with favourable demographics and strong economic growth

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.

Webinar: India’s roadmap to electrification
Virtual: 15 July 2021
Listen back to hear updates on India’s plans for electrification and the opportunities for UK automotive companies.

Thailand – SMMT Electrified International Week
Virtual: 24 March 2021
Thailand is currently the eleventh largest car manufacturer globally, and the government are keen to promote Thailand as an EV manufacturing hub with a target set of 30% of all cars produced in the country to be EVs by 2030. Hear what the long-term goal is and where the business opportunities are from Thailand Board of Investment, EV Association of Thailand, Ricardo, TR Fastenings and Department for International Trade Thailand.

Israel – SMMT Electrified International Week
Virtual: 23 March 2021
Hear from several of the most innovating Israeli start-ups and scale-ups with cutting-edge electric vehicle and charging technologies as organised by the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration in conjunction with SMMT for the SMMT Electrified International Week.

China – New Energy Vehicle market outlook and perspectives from NEV manufacturers
Virtual: 23 March 2021
EV100, Nio Europe, BYD, Changan Automotive, and Intelligent Energy shared their outlook for China’s New Energy Vehicle Market.

Beijing, China: 15-17 January 2021
The 2021 China EV100 Forum took place in Beijing from 15 – 17 January, with virtual participation from the UK.

Automechanika Shanghai
Shanghai, China: 2-5 December 2020
The largest aftermarket exhibition in Asia with more than 6,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors.

UK – Korea Autonomy Conference
Virtual: 27 October
UK – Korea Connected and Autonomous Mobility conference. Speakers included Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive along with Hyundai motors and other Korean and UK companies.

Webinar: India – opportunities for UK automotive technology companies
Virtual: 29 July 2020
Hear about the opportunities available for UK technology companies in India and planned activities to help you to expand your business in this webinar hosted by SMMT and Department for International Trade.

Webinar: Korea – opportunities for UK automotive technology companies
Virtual: 16 July 2020
South Korea is a market with great opportunities for UK automotive technology businesses particularly in the CAV space. Listen back to the Department for International Trade, CenexIntralink and SMMT discussing the Korean market as well as our planned activities which are also supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre. 

Webinar: Export opportunities in the automotive and future mobility sectors in China
Virtual: 1 July 2020
Listen back to the Department for International Trade, China Britain Business Council and market specialists about the latest developments, opportunities and support for exporters in the UK. 

Webinar: Trading with India through the pandemic and beyond
Virtual: 24 June 2020
Listen back to the Midlands Engine and UK India Business Council regarding policies the Indian government have set out and new business support available.  

Webinar: Impact on Culture and Communication when dealing with the Middle East
Virtual: 23 June 2020
Listen back to the Midlands Engine discuss how to improve your communication with partners and clients in the region, especially since COVID-19 has impacted how we do business.