The British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic and UK Trade & Investment will examine the AUTOMOTIVE sector in Slovakia with our expert partners and also investigate potential business opportunities for British Business. To find out more click here
Following the successful UKTI-organised ‘Automotive exports to Mexico’ event at JLR on 18th May a representative of an international logistics company based in the region believes that Black Country based auto suppliers could be missing out on new business opportunities further afield.
Gary Baylis, Business Development Manager at Westhaven Worldwide Logistics, who attended the event observed, “It’s clear that there are excellent opportunities for automotive suppliers in the Mexican market place and, building on their success in supplying to major manufacturers in the UK and Europe, Black Country suppliers would be missing a trick if they didn’t now overcome any fears of venturing into more distant markets, such as Latin America. Mexico, which has a Free Trade Agreement with the EU, is especially attractive to UK suppliers and, in addition to local demand, offers an excellent platform to supply into the US market.”
Westhaven, who are based in Solihull actively engage with UK companies (especially SME’s, start-ups and new exporters) to help them establish and develop business in export markets. As Gary added, “Getting into export markets isn’t straightforward and we’re happy to provide information, guidance and advice about getting goods to (and into) Mexico to any companies in need of assistance – all free of charge!”
On 18th May 2015 JLR hosted an important event in Birmingham aimed at raising awarenes of the business opportunities available in Mexico for UK automotive suppliers.
The event featured presentations from Oscar Albin, President of INA, the Mexican Autoparts Association; Carlos Botello, UKTI Mexico Embassy and; James Andrews and Kirsty Millyard of KPMG. The audience gained an insight into the current and future plans for the Mexican auto industry and into the opportunities available especially at the Tier 2 level.
Delegates also got to hear about the support available from UKTI and how to successfully navigate the tax landscape from KPMG.
To view a copy of the presentations at the event please click here and if you have any questions please reply to this post.
The Government is to sign new five-year contracts with locally based providers to deliver export support to businesses. To read more click here