Oriental opportunities

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 by The Manufacturer

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is seeking companies to form a delegation which will travel to China to promote advanced low carbon engineering collaborations between Chinese and UK automotive firms.

The aim of the trip, scheduled for June, is to build relationships between UK supply chain companies and Chinese car makers so that the former can provide the technology required for the latter’s shift towards electric vehicle production. A recent UK Trade and Investment report highlighted extensive opportunities to this end.

SMMT has organised meetings in Shenzhen and Shanghai from 21-24 June to engage with representatives from the automotive, aerospace and engineering sectors, coinciding with the Shanghai Expo 2010 conference.

The trip will also include:

• A poster stand exhibit located at a top Shanghai hotel which will promote each company’s expertise.
• An invitation to the UKTI VIP Gala networking during the trip.
• A complimentary business matching service for eligible firms to pre-arrange one-to-one meetings between each company and key Chinese decision makers.
• Participation in a series of interactive seminars covering key areas of UK expertise and cooperation.
• A networking lunch with key Chinese contacts.

“China is a fast-changing marketplace and an increasingly important place for UK companies to do business,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT. “My aim is to promote UK brands and give a sharper focus to our capabilities to support the development of ultra-low carbon vehicles. There are real opportunities for UK technology suppliers to do business in China and it is essential we raise awareness and build strong relationships with these important companies.”

There is funding and other logistical support available for companies interested in the trip.

To register interest or to obtain further details contact Les Parfitt at [email protected].