Meet the buyer scheme launched at Advanced Engineering

The UK's leading annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals

2 & 3 November 2022 | NEC, Birmingham

Leading aerospace and automotive buyers ready to do business at Advanced Engineering UK

Advanced Engineering partners with SMMT and ADS to enable one-to-one meetings with eager buyers in first-ever co-located Meet-the-buyer schemes.


For the first time in the show’s 13 year history, at this year’s Advanced Engineering UK on 2 & 3 November at the NEC, Birmingham, automotive and aerospace businesses will have the opportunity to attend pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with buyers from the sectors’ leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), courtesy of the exhibition’s partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) and ADS, who will be co-locating their respective long-established Meet-the-Buyer events.

The Meet the Buyer events will be open to SMMT and ADS members, as well as exhibitors at Advanced Engineering, with SMMT hosting automotive businesses on day one (2 November), and ADS hosting for the aerospace and defence industry on day two (3 November).

Advanced Engineering UK will house 40 private meeting rooms, thanks to an expansion of floor space at this year’s event, where confidential conversations with primed buyers can take place. The buyers have been carefully selected by the SMMT and ADS respectively, based on their purchasing requirements, live projects and enthusiasm to form new relationships, making this an opportunity that cannot be missed. There will also be additional stand space available in the areas directly surrounding the Meet-the-Buyer schemes.

Selected businesses can also attend a networking lunch hosted by SMMT on day one of the exhibition, and a breakfast hosted by ADS on day two, which will take place in the show’s networking area between the aerospace and automotive show zones, giving them further opportunity to form new partnerships with some of the world’s leading OEMs.

Interested buyers, suppliers and exhibitors simply need to register their interest on the Advanced Engineering website. Details will then be passed to the relevant trade body, who will find the qualified buyer and arrange the meeting.

“Advanced Engineering has always been passionate about ensuring its attendees get the most out of the event,” explained Alison Willis, director at Easyfairs, the organiser of Advanced Engineering. “This is the first time that Advanced Engineering has co-located the established and highly respected meet the buyer programmes with SMMT and ADS. Every buyer that attends is there because they are actively looking for suppliers, giving participants the best chance possible of doing business. SMMT, ADS and Advanced Engineering will be arranging these meetings in advance of the show, ensuring diaries can be planned out and meeting opportunities maximised.

“The Society of Motor Manufacturers and ADS have been longstanding partners of the show for several years. Both are valued members of our advisory board, which add huge value to exhibitors and visitors as it gives us insight into the leading issues in automotive and aerospace respectively. We’re confident that this event will prove popular, so we’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch soon to avoid missing out.”

ADS represents and supports over 1100 UK businesses operating in aerospace, defence, security and space, making it a key longstanding partner at the show. The organisation is looking forward to bringing its Meet-the-Buyer programme to the event, in this exciting extension to the existing partnership.

Kevin Craven, ADS Chief Executive commented, “ADS is delighted to support Advanced Engineering. This is a versatile event that showcases the outstanding quality, innovation and capability of the UK manufacturing industry. The Meet the Buyer programme is an opportunity for national and international companies to make business partnerships with the UK, and we look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. With over 800 current members, it acts as the voice of the UK motor industry, and has long been a supporter of Advanced Engineering. “A competitive and resilient domestic supply chain is essential if we are to anchor vehicle production in the UK,” added Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Given the tough trading environment and pace of technological change, innovation will be key and Meet the Buyer, which brings together automotive manufacturers with suppliers to develop new business, provides the perfect platform for suppliers to demonstrate their creativity and technological advancements. It has become an essential event on the calendar and SMMT is delighted to bring it to Advanced Engineering for the first time. The broad audience of supply chain and engineering professionals at the show offers the opportunity to forge new links between automotive and other manufacturing industries, to the benefit of all.”

If you are an SMMT or ADS member, or an exhibitor at Advanced Engineering, and are interested in taking part in this event, you can register your interest here. Alternatively, to enquire about exhibiting at or sponsoring the UK’s leading annual gathering of OEMs and engineering and manufacturing supply chain professionals, enquire to exhibit here.

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