The opportunities

The UK’s supply chain is growing fast and the opportunity for automotive suppliers to invest in the UK has never been more valuable.

  • A staggering £4 billion per annum opportunity for tier one supplier business and £2 billion for upstream suppliers

  • Average UK vehicle content has grown from 36% to 41% since to 2011

  • Annual UK automotive supplier turnover has increased to an estimated £11.6 billion since 2011

  • Vehicle manufacturers are committing long-term to the UK

  • UK suppliers are providing lower risk options

To support the growth in this sector, SMMT hosts a number of Meet the Buyer events across the year to match suppliers with OEM and tier one buyers through one-to-one meetings.

Having hosted 10 events since 2010, Meet the Buyer has been a huge success and continues to gain considerable demand from both buyers and suppliers to participate year on year. This year we will be partnering with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Our track record

Our last event took place for the first time, at the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham event, resulting in:

  • Over 1000 companies expressed interest to participate

  • Over 330 people participating

  • 355 one-to-one meetings

  • Over 200 meeting requests made on the day

  • 65% positive meeting outcomes