International Activities

North & South America

Events and webinars

Activities from partner organisations

Mexico Scoping Trade Mission
Leon Guanajuato, Mexico: 17-20 June 2024
The Department for Business and Trade Mexico is organising an event programme including participation at Expo Maq, networking, market briefing and more for British companies interested in learning more about the Mexican market, and developing potential exports to Mexico. Get in touch with Alejandra Rodriguez and Daphne Zul for more information.

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

Sacramento, USA: 11-14 June 2023
SMMT will be organising the UK pavilion at the Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS36) in Sacramento, giving UK companies an opportunity to exhibit and be supported by SMMT.

The State of Illinois is leading the charge for electrification in the U.S.
1 March 2021
Sharon Stead (Managing Director) from the State of Illinois European Office is the guest writer for March’s SMMT International Newsletter.

Cooperation in Logistics and Technology Lead Jacksonville, Florida’s, Automotive Industry
1 October 2021
John Freeman (Senior Director, Business Development and Global Cities Initiative) from JAXUSA Partnership is the guest writer for October’s SMMT International Newsletter.

Record-Breaking Investments Drive EV in Tennessee
2 June 2021
Adam Breeze (Director, UK & Ireland) from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is the guest writer for June’s SMMT International Newsletter.

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

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 in February’s SMMT International Newsletter.

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 September’s SMMT International Newsletter.


Heavy goods vehicles and construction equipment: ARZYZ Metals, in the aluminium and recycling industry, are looking to buy over 250 units of heavy goods vehicles and construction equipment for their facilities/processes in Mexico. The list includes: Trucks, Platform 40´/ Flat-bed Semi Trailer, Dolly 11´/ Dolly Type Semi-Trailer, Dump Trucks, Payloaders, Backhoe Loaders. Deadline: 31 December 2022

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program
The Loan Programs Office has $17.7 billion in loan authority to support the manufacture of eligible light-duty vehicles and qualifying components. Click on the link to find out if your project is eligible for the loan.

Previous events and webinars

Webinar: Be Electrified in Illinois
Virtual: 10 March 2022, 15:00 (GMT)
As part of SMMT Electrified International, SMMT is hosting a webinar with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

UK-Canada Trade Summit: Zero-Emission Vehicles
Virtual: 24 June 2021, 14:00-17:30 (BST)
A summit to showcase business opportunities and to discuss how to enhance market access, and collaboration in ZEV development, manufacturing and deployment.

Virtual: 19 May 2021
With near 1,000 automotive suppliers in the state of Tennessee, 3 OEMs (Nissan, General Motors ad Volkswagen) and more than three quarters of all US markets located within a day’s drive, the US state of Tennessee is one that UK suppliers should consider when looking to the US market. Hear from Volkswagen Group of America, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Department for International Trade USA about the opportunities for UK suppliers in this exciting US market.

USA – SMMT Electrified International Week
Virtual: 23 March 2021
Opportunities for UK companies in the EV sector in the USA include expertise in battery design and EV components; manufacturing technologies as manufacturers retool their production line and increasing demand for solutions to help improve the total costs of ownership of EV fleets. Hear from Rebecca Saletta and Timothy Carothers from Department for International Trade USA with updates on the market, opportunities for UK companies and top tips for pitching.

Mexico – SMMT Electrified International Week
Virtual: 22 March 2021
With the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the new rules of content, UK companies will have great opportunities in Mexico, including in the EV sector. Listen back to Department for International Trade Mexico and Deloitte Mexico sharing about the EV supply chain and opportunities for UK automotive technology companies in Mexico.

Webinar: The Biden administration – policy implications for the automotive sector and trade with the UK
Virtual: 4 February 2021
Hear from DIT, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Squire Patton Boggs and Ford of Europe Group about their expectations from the new Biden administration.

Los Angeles ‘Future of Transport’ Month
Virtual: November 2020
SMMT supported DIT LA in the highly collaborative, month-long virtual mission, bringing together mobility stakeholders and companies from across the US and UK in automotive, mobility and smart cities.

Webinar: Mexico – Export and Business Development Opportunities in the Mexican Automotive Sector in light of the USMCA and COVID-19
Virtual: 5 August 2020
Mexico is the biggest vehicle producer in Latin America and there are export opportunities to Tier 2 and 4 level suppliers for competitive UK suppliers. Listen back to SMMT, Department for International Trade, Nuevo Leon Automotive Cluster, Santander and Altios discuss the market opportunities in Mexico.

Webinar: Ohio – Automotive Powerhouse
Virtual: 20 July 2020 

Listen back to SMMT, Department for International Trade and JobsOhio discussing the opportunities in Ohio for UK automotive. It is a hot spot for smart mobility and its large auto-specific workforce is among the largest in the Midwest. 

Export opportunities in the US electric vehicle sector
Virtual: 25 June 2020 
Listen back to the Department for International Trade US automotive team specialists on the regulatory developments that are prompting EV adoption and the opportunities on the horizon.

USA CV market and the Work Truck Show
Virtual: 8 November 2019
Listen back to SMMT and Campbell’s Consultancy discuss the CV market in the US and opportunities for UK suppliers.