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Join Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s leading exhibition for the vehicle production sector


Visiting Automechanika Birmingham




Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology innovators come together to discuss the future of the car and mobility at SMMT Open Forum. Plus, SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event, which brings together purchasing departments from vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers and matches them with component makers of all sizes in a series of one-to-one meetings.

Open Forum - 4th June
We are delighted to announce that Simon Warburton, Group Engineering & Quality Director, Autocraft Solutions Group, Dr Chris Harris, CEO, YASA, Carol Burke, Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group and Neil Morris, CEO, Faraday Institution will be taking part in a panel discussion on opportunities around vehicle electrification for the supply chain.

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Meet the Buyer - 5th June
Confirmed buyers to date include:

Dearman, Faurecia, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Radical Sportscars, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Sanoh Manufacturing, Sears Manufacturing, PSA Groupe, ZF Lemforder UK, Weichai, and ChangAn.

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Visitors say...

'It's a good opportunity to look, touch and feel the product rather than just seeing it online.'
Steve Shue, Bespoke Buyer, Rolls Royce

Build your business

  • Source advanced technologies from home grown suppliers
  • Your badge can also give you access to Subcon -  2 events, 1 registration, designed for engineers
  • Find solutions across connected & autonomous vehicles, lightweight materials, power electronics, energy storage & internal combustion engines
  • Featuring the Future Mobility & Innovation Showcase – innovation at its best
  • Network with the rest of the UK automotive industry


  • *NEW* Brexit Readiness Programme
  • *NEW* Industry Forum Taster Courses
    • Supply Chain Management
    • An introduction to Operational Excellence in Manufacturing
    • Free to attend 2-hour taster courses held on Wednesday and Thursday morning, 10am-12pm
  • Additional sessions from SMMT, Industry Forum, the AFRC, UK Export Finance, Advanced Propulsion Centre, NEAA (North East Automotive Alliance, Barker Brettell, TBAT and more.
  • APC will also be providing key insights as part of the Wednesday Keynote Sessions on The Electrification Supply Chain (13:30) and on Driving Innovation in the UK (14:15).
Industry Forum Sessions

Industry Forum Sessions

Supply Chain Management
This session will give attendees a general understanding of the fundamentals of supply chain planning and inventory management within a manufacturing organisation, and how to manage it to achieve an optimised working capital position. We will define the best practice planning approach, inventory and its objectives, review the characteristics of inventory in the supply chain and how to successfully manage variability of demand. Through detailing the strategic supply chain management process and inventory trade-off decisions we will show how an organisation can determine whether inventory is an asset or a liability.

Register for this session here

An Introduction to Operational Excellence in Manufacturing
This session will give attendees the general context around manufacturing operations and the principles which underpin its improvement such as Lean, TPM and Six Sigma. We will then expand on each principle in more detail giving delegates a greater understanding of when to apply them and give a focus not just on making improvement but also sustaining it.

Register for this session here

Brexit Readiness Programme

Brexit Readiness Programme

With the uncertainty created by Brexit there is a need to prepare for the changes which may come as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Many companies are unsure of where to start their analysis or simply ‘don’t know what they don’t know’. For this reason, SMMT has assembled expert advisors for the purpose of providing guidance and assistance to members both pre- and post-Brexit, and will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice at Automechanika Birmingham.

Expert advisors, including Grant Thornton, Gowling WLG, PwC and Squire Patton Boggs, will be present on the SMMT stand and will be providing a series of seminar sessions within the Vehicle Production Seminar Programme for visitors. 

Topics will be drawn from the Brexit Readiness Programme which focuses on Customs, Tax, Trade, Employment, Finance, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Changes, Contracts, Environment, New Technology and State Aid.

Future Mobility & Innovation Showcase

Future Mobility & Innovation Showcase

New for 2019, working in association with the Department for International Trade and key industry partners, Automechanika Birmingham will host a dedicated showcase of the UK’s capabilities with the latest technologies in connected and autonomous vehicles, electrification, ultra-low emissions and battery technology.

Hosted by leaders in UK research and development this is a showcase not to be missed, and provides the opportunity to meet directly with those responsible for fostering innovation in the UK Automotive sector.

Future Mobility


Bringing major suppliers and key brands together under one roof

The Vehicle production hall is a dedicated area for raw materials suppliers, tier 1 and 2 manufacturers. The 2019 show will be held in association with SMMT, who bring their well established events Meet the Buyer and Open Forum. 

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