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The Midlands Engine’s automotive inward investment supply chain programme Drive Midlands, will be showcasing the region’s strength and global capabilities at Automechnika.

The event will take place from 6-8 June at NEC Birmingham and Drive Midlands will be exhibiting on stand 6D70 with support from its regional partners, including Invest Black Country.

The Midlands currently accounts for more than 40% of all automotive production and has the highest concentration of automotive companies in the UK, with more than 60,000 people employed in the sector.

David Shepherd, Senior Business Development Manager at Drive Midlands, said:

“With world leading universities supporting vehicle manufacturers and supply chain research boosting an already-established skills base in the region, the Midlands is widely recognised as a centre of excellence for the automotive industry.

“Annual vehicle production is on the rise in the UK with an estimated £6 billion worth of components sourced overseas each year. There is a huge opportunity to bring production back to the UK and build the Midlands, and broader UK, as a global automotive hub.

“In the post-Brexit world, there is no better place for automotive supply chain companies to be than right here in the Midlands. We are keen to push that message with global industry players this week and start conversations that will bring further investment to the region.”

Led by Marketing Birmingham, Department for International Trade’s Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) and ten regional LEP partners, Drive Midlands offers a single point of reference for automotive businesses by coordinating local support services within the trade.
For more information about Drive Midlands visit www.drivemidlands.co.uk.

Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain.  The event launched in 2016, attracting over 550 exhibitors and over 12 000 visitors.  In 2017, the event will take place from 6-8 June at NEC Birmingham, hosting over 800 exhibitors. Drive Midlands will be exhibiting on stand 6D70.

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