International Activities


Events and webinars

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

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) trade mission
Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia: Autumn 2021
A hybrid of virtual and/or face to face activities focusing on the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Activities from partner organisations

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.

Virtual: 20-22 April

The week will discuss the key challenges that UK manufacturers face and showcase the international opportunities. There will also be an automotive discussion on Central and Eastern Europe as well as the USA.

Virtual: 25-26 May 2021
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) are organising the Slovak Matchmaking Fair on 25-26 May. Expect pre-scheduled B2B meetings with Slovak companies, along with consultations with partners of the event, government representatives or SARIO and panel discussions.

Reports and updates

Israel Automotive
6 April 2021
Ofer Fohrer, Minister, Head of Economic and Trade Mission to the UK

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

Manufacturing Landscape in Lithuania

Automotive Industry in Lithuania

Previous events and webinars

SMMT Electrified International Week
Virtual: 22-25 March 2021
SMMT International will be hosted a range of events ahead of SMMT Electrified, welcoming markets such as Central and Eastern Europe, China, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Thailand, and USA.

Hear from Department for International Trade in the Central European region, plus SMMT and Santander on how companies in the South West of England could be exporting their products or services to Central Europe.

Webinar: Opportunities in Turkey
Virtual: 3 December 2020
Turkey is a major player in the automotive sector, producing around 1.4 million vehicles in 2019, making the country Europe’s 5th largest vehicle producer and 2nd in commercial vehicle production. The country is a very important trading partner for UK automotive, with total UK – Turkey automotive trade of more than £3 billion in 2019, including UK exports of engines and components worth more than £1 billion. Turkey is a proven production hub with 30 of the global top 50 suppliers using the country as a base. Meanwhile Turkey is aiming to improve its R&D, design and branding capabilities and has recently announced a locally developed electric car. Listen back for an overview of the sector in Turkey, opportunities for UK firms and to hear directly from Ford Otosan, a leading vehicle producer in Turkey.

Central European Cities – bespoke sessions for UK Tech companies
Virtual: 24-26 November 2020
The Department for International Trade organised bespoke meetings between Central European cities and UK companies offering mobility/technology solutions for either zero carbon public transport, retrofitting of buses, EV charging stations, smart infrastructure and more.

UK-Poland Green Recovery Forum
Virtual: 28 October 2020
The UK and Poland are ideal partners to achieve clean growth together, and the Green Recovery Forum explored and showcased some exciting new sectors that offer business opportunities to both countries.

Webinar: Automotive opportunities in Northern Spain, Basque Country 
Virtual: 29 September 2020
Spain is the second largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, and the Basque Country has 50% of Spanish Automotive Component companies, as well as being the most productive region in Spain with the highest investment in R&D. This webinar hosted by SMMT, Santander, Department for International Trade, Basque Automotive Cluster and SPRI is aimed at UK businesses in the Automotive sector looking to expand and explore opportunities in Spain. Listen back here and click here to see the slides.

Webinar: SMMT Business Support (as part of the NEAA Automotive Week)
Virtual: 16 September 2020
A webinar aimed at UK automotive companies wanting to know more about the support available now and going forward including information on funding and help with growing your business internationally. Contact us to receive the slide deck.

Webinar: Future mobility export opportunities in the German market 
Virtual: 3 September 2020
The Federation of Small Businesses and Germany Trade & Invest hosted a webinar on the ins and outs of exporting to, investing in, and partnering with companies from Germany.

Webinar: Future mobility export opportunities in the German market 
Virtual: 22 July 2020

Despite COVID-19, Germany remains one of the most influential automotive markets in the world, leading on R&D investment, with some of the biggest OEMs and Tier 1 companies. While there is a well-established supply chain for standard equipment, there are significant gaps and opportunities especially for CASE ( Connected Autonomous, Shared and Electric) vehicles and Data Driven mobility solutions so it’s the perfect place for innovative UK companies to export. Join Department for International Trade to find out more.

Webinar: Central Europe: Overview and opportunities in the Automotive and Smart Mobility sectors, post Covid-19
Virtual: 9 July 2020

Listen back to Ljupcso Mihailovszki, Automotive Lead from the Department for International Trade team in Central Europe, and Jay Nagley, sector specialist in DIT HQ. The webinar focuses on Romania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. .

Webinar: Opportunities in Central Eastern Europe
Virtual: 13 February 2020
SMMT, Santander and DIT  partnered on this webinar to share information on the Central and Eastern Europe region aimed at UK automotive businesses, with a focus on Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.