At this year’s Advanced Engineering Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2-3 November, automotive and aerospace businesses will have the opportunity to meet with buyers from the sectors’ leading OEMs, courtesy of the exhibition’s partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) and ADS.
The Meet the Buyer event will be open to SMMT and ADS members, as well as exhibitors at Advanced Engineering, with SMMT hosting automotive businesses on day one, and ADS hosting for the aerospace industry on day two.
Interested buyers and suppliers 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 perfect buyer and arrange the meeting.
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.
Advanced Engineering will house 40 private meeting rooms, thanks to an expansion of floor space at this year’s event, where confidential conversations with eager buyers can take place. The buyers have been carefully selected by the SMMT and ADS respectively, based on their purchasing requirements and enthusiasm to form new relationships, making this an opportunity that cannot be missed.
Alison Willis, director at Easyfairs, the organiser of Advanced Engineering, explained: “This is the first time that Advanced Engineering has enabled its visitors to have one-to-one meetings with key buyers that already have projects underway. Every buyer that attends is there because they are actively looking suppliers, giving our attendees the best chance possible of doing business. SMMT, ADS and Advanced Engineering will be working hard to arrange these meetings in advance of the show, giving members the chance to plan out their diaries and prepare for a successful meeting.
ADS represents and supports over 1,100 UK businesses operating in aerospace, defence, security and space, making it a key partner at this year’s show. 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.