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    Meet the Buyer joins Automechanika Birmingham, 8 June 2016

    Start date: 08/06/2016
    Cost: Please register via link

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) are bringing their tenth Meet the Buyer event to Automechanika Birmingham at the NEC Birmingham on 7-9 June 2016, the UK’s first trade show bringing over 10,000 visitors dedicated to automotive supply chain and aftermarket companies.

    The Meet the Buyer event will take place on day two of the show (8 June) and will incorporate a presentation followed by a day of one-to-one meetings with automotive purchasers and suppliers to help build and retain supply chain relationships. The event is free to attend and is an invite only event.

    Interested buyers and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest by submitting their expression of interest profile via Meet the buyer link by the 29 April 2016 to detail a profile of their companies’ services. Once submitted, pre-arranged meetings are requested based on those profiles that meet the buyer’s supply requirements. Any expressions of interest submitted after this point may not be considered and are therefore encouraged to submit our profile as soon as possible.

    Confirmed buyers include:

    Aisin Europe  |  Aston Martin  |  Bentley  |  Faurecia   |  Ford Europe   |  General Motors   |  Honda   |   Jaguar Land Rover   |  Lear Corp   |  McLaren   |    Nissan   |  Mini   |  Parker Hannifin   |   Sears Manufacturing   |  Toyota   |  UK-NS   |  ZF TRW

    SMMT has hosted nine Meet the Buyer events which have helped to facilitate over 2,000 one-to-one meetings with over 800 individuals representing over 600 unique companies from OEMs and tier one, two and three suppliers.

    Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive supply chain is going from strength to strength, and SMMT will be doing its part to promote the sector when we host next year’s Meet the Buyer at Automechanika Birmingham. British suppliers offer quality, value and innovation, with the added benefits of sourcing locally – reduced logistics costs and reduced risk. Meet the Buyer has always been a must-attend for automotive purchasers and suppliers alike – and Automechanika Birmingham will provide the perfect context for the 2016 event.”

    Simon Albert, Event Director at Automechanika Birmingham, added, “This is great news. Meet the Buyer complements the broad programme of events and features at Automechanika Birmingham, and will facilitate great business opportunities between exhibiting supply chain companies and the top UK vehicle manufacturers. Overall, this show is shaping up to be a who’s who of the UK automotive industry.”

    The UK automotive supply chain is growing fast. Recent figures from the Automotive Council show that British vehicle manufacturers are now sourcing 41% of components from UK Tier-1 suppliers, compared to 36% in 2011.

    Meet the Buyer will take place on the second day of the show on Wednesday 8 June 2016. Interested buyers and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest by submitting a profile via Meet the buyer link

    Buyers at the 2015 event included Bentley, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, Ford Europe, General Motors, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, and Nissan.

    Organisations interested in exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham should email

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham