SMMT Event

A discussion and networking event to launch SMMT’s 20th Sustainability Report, what a fab day!

Our member visit to Peel Ports

Jan takes a trip to Peel Ports…..

Tom meets Chi Onwurah, MP

Tom meets with another government official…

ALFED & BEIS tour the UK visiting ALFED member plants

When BEIS came on an ALFED member’s tour around the UK, we’ve given them food for thought!

A successful Additive Manufacturing event

Our first ever Additive Manufacturing event with over 60 delegates, what a fab in depth educational day!

Aluminium Desert Wheel prize giving

Rob Bennett, Bloodhound Education & Tom Jones, CEO ALFED with the 1st prize winners St Bede’s School, Manchester

Aluminium Desert Wheels Prize Giving

CEO Tom Jones and Training & Education Manager Kathy Romback attended the Aluminium Desert Wheels prize giving in Manchester. The Aluminium Federation partnered with The BLOODHOUND Education project to help get primary school pupils engaged in a world land speed record attempt. BLOODHOUND is a collaboration between world-leading engineering companies, universities and the military to build a jet car that reaches 1,000mph.

The main aim of our Education programme is to inspire future generations of engineers. We realised there was a shortage of engineers in the UK and wanted to educate children from an early age about aluminium. Working with Bloodhound Education we developed an exciting and engaging Aluminium Desert Wheel Challenge (STEM) using recycled aluminium cans so highlighting and raising awareness for Key stage 2 school children, home workers and clubs.

104 teams entered our competition with over 1630 downloads by teachers and education professionals.   We estimate that over 47,750 children used our resource as classroom project or STEM activity.

Prize Giving

The Winners ……. St Bede’s School, Manchester

Runners up ……. Shipston and Tredington Junior School, Warwickshire

Both schools have won a Bloodhound Education Rocket Car Workshop for the school year!

Thank you ALUPRO, AIR PRODUCTS AND LG ENERGY for your generous sponsorship

ALFED Annual House of Lords lunch 2019

As usual, a splendid annual House of Lords lunch! Lord Paul of Marlybone hosted our lunch, we heard from speakers Andrew Stephenson, MP, Murat Bayram, EMR & Giles Ashmead, ALFED President!

ALFED attended the FIT Show 2019

ALFED Technical Manager Jan Lukaszewski attended the FIT Show on 21st May along with many ALFED members. Check out the photos….

KidsOut Midlands Gala Dinner

KidsOut is a charity to put the fun and happiness back into childrens lives.  Each child that goes into a refuge or safe house receives a toy box, we organise days out, Drayton Manor are a big sponsor shutting their park down for 2 days a year to host thousands of children.

The event will take place on 5th September and consist of a champagne reception, quality three course dinner, charity auction and, and an interactive electronic Question of Sport quiz based on the popular television show. It is a perfect opportunity to entertain staff, clients, and network with other leading firms in attendance.

Now in its 14th year, the KidsOut Question of Sport Gala Dinner is one of the most established and prestigious events in the Midlands corporate calendar. All funds raised at this event go towards bringing fun and happiness into the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the Birmingham region.

If you are able to attend please complete the attached booking form and send it to or via our online booking system on or if you are too busy to do this let me know you are able to attend and I will get someone from KidsOut to contact you to book it.


SMMT Open Forum

Discounted tickets for ALFED members

Date: 4 June 2019

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Location: Hall 20, Automechanika Birmingham, NEC

Register for the SMMT upcoming Open Forum and networking drinks. They have decided to extend the early bird discount pricing for their affiliate members and would like to extend an offer to ALFED members. Use the discount code below to get 25% discount on the price of tickets for anyone you feel would find this event valuable.

If you have registered and find that you can no longer attend, feel free to nominate a colleague to take your place.

Vehicle electrification is our theme and we have a really strong line-up to deliver insight and inform on this exciting area.

There are presentations from McLaren, Bosch and the Faraday Institution, to name just three, panel discussions and a really good chance to network with others interested in seizing the opportunities that exist.

Special affiliate member price: £75

Quote discount code ‘earlybird25‘ when registering. Regular price £100 per ticket

VIP networking drinks exclusively for members and Open Forum attendees

Once again this year we’ll be providing a VIP networking drinks reception for the benefit of our members following Open Forum on the first day of Automechanika Birmingham, 4 June.

The drinks reception will take place at SMMT’s Members Lounge, a key feature and hub in the vehicle production area of the show, at 3pm, following Open Forum in the morning.

Register now for Open Forum and access to the Networking Drinks.

Speakers Announced to date:

Daniel Scaglione, Commercial Director, Mclaren Automotive

Antonio Balboa, Vice President Sales and Application for Powertrain, osch Mobility Solutions

Carol Burke, Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group

Neil Morris, CEO, Faraday Institution

Chris Harris, CEO, YASA Limited

Simon Warburton, Engineering and Quality Director, Autocraft Solutions Group

Steve Collins, NMCL Automotive Programme Manager, SMMT