UK to host first automotive supply chain show

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is jointly launching an automotive trade show in the UK for the first time.

The SMMT will partner Messe Frankfurt in hosting Automechanika Birmingham at the NEC from 7 to 9 June 2016. The event is designed to bring together hundreds of automotive supply and aftermarket companies with national and international buyers.

SMMT said: "The launch of Automechanika Birmingham in the UK reflects the vibrant state of automotive manufacturing in Britain – increasingly recognised as a centre of engineering excellence. It also gives a boost to the country's wealth of automotive suppliers seeking to attract new business from overseas, as well as exploiting the opportunities emerging from the expanding domestic production base.

"With vehicle production in the UK set to reach all-time record levels in the next few years, the British supply chain is responding to the opportunity to expand. Recent figures show domestic suppliers increased sales to UK vehicle makers by 19% last year. Significant potential still remains, however, with the scope for supplier growth valued at some £4 billion."

Mike Hawes (pictured), SMMT chief executive, added, "The launch of Automechanika Birmingham is a tremendous vote of confidence in the British automotive industry, and a reflection of its global competitiveness.

"Automechanika Birmingham will help British companies promote their credentials and enable them to seize the significant opportunities arising from the renaissance in UK vehicle manufacturing. SMMT looks forward to hosting a high-profile event that will help support jobs and growth in the sector, and broaden the UK's international appeal."