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SMMT Open Forum Event, 20 September, National Motor Cycle Museum, Birmingham

14 Aug 2012

SMMT Open Forum invitation:

Thursday 20 September, 09:00 – 15:00

The National Motor Cycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ

The event will highlight the opportunities available in the UK automotive supply chain and will consist of a number of presentations from leading figures in the industry, Q&A sessions and multiple networking opportunities.

The last two years have been highly significant for the industry with more than £5.8 billion of investment being committed to new model programmes, facilities and UK sourcing by global vehicle manufacturers. These investments are opening up significant new opportunities for UK based suppliers. Recently the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills conducted a survey of UK based vehicle manufacturers to understand what they import and what they would like to source more locally within the UK. At a headline level, the value opportunity is estimated to be at least £3 billion-worth of parts sales per annum, at current vehicle output rates with a number of opportunities in a wide range of commodities.

The first half of the event will be dedicated to the work of the Automotive Council. Chair of the Automotive Council, Richard Parry-Jones will speak alongside the Chair of the Technology Group, Jerry Hardcastle, and Acting Chair of the Supply Chain Group, Dave Allen. In the second half of the event we will be joined by Phil Davies of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who will go into a more detailed analysis of the survey, providing insights into which specific commodities are sought by the UK based manufacturers. General Motors will then look at the opportunities in the UK for suppliers and the event will conclude with a presentation by Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis analysing the current and future car production trends in Europe.

If you plan to attend please contact Claire Balch cbalch@smmt.co.uk.

To view the full programme, please click here

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