Automotive ‘speed dating’ and an insight into the £100m Low Carbon Vehicle Programme will be on the agenda tomorrow when more than 100 suppliers and car makers meet at a special event in Walsall.
AutoLink 2009, which is being supported by Accelerate, Business Link, the Manufacturing Advisory Service – West Midlands (MAS-WM) and UKTI, is designed to encourage innovative and collaborative working between the supply chain, academia and high profile end product manufacturers.
Held at the Banks’s Stadium, the event is aimed at providing the region’s beleaguered component manufacturers with the opportunity to source new business, forge new partnerships, encourage product development and get access to business support.
“We all know how difficult the current environment is and most companies in the industry are suffering from a drop in sales,” said Mo Sarwar, Specialist Manufacturing Adviser at MAS-WM.
“With this in mind, the need to be out there and winning new business is of paramount importance. AutoLink is without doubt one of the best ways of bringing everyone together to achieve this. There are over 100 firms from all tiers of the supply chain already booked to attend, not to mention representatives from all the business support agencies and the region’s universities.”
There will also be more than 200 one-on-one meet the buyer meetings held and the chance to chat with agencies. The latter will include the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, who will provide details on the opportunities set to be created by the £100m cash injection announced by the Government in October.