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Join this ERDF- financed trade mission to Le Mans in western France for high profile B2B meetings and networking for eligible West Midlands registered SMEs in the motor sport, automotive supply chain, transport technologies or plastics and composites sectors.

The programme includes:

  • Up to 12 timetabled 1:1 meetings as part of the International Business Days Le Mans 2018 – interested companies will be pre-matched with prospective buyers / business partners

  • Networking lunches and dinners

  • Conference sessions with simultaneous translation on light-weighting, additives, energy hybridization and intelligent manufacturing

  • Alternative option to attend plastics / composites event instead of first International Business Day

  • Accommodation and return travel and local transfers

  • DIT Market Briefing and support from a dedicated International Trade Adviser throughout.

Please note:

This mission is funded by the West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF SME International Growth Project and places are strictly limited and subject to eligibility criteria. To get a funded place applicants must:

• Be deemed eligible under our SME International Growth Project (IGP)

• make a persuasive business case for attending and be endorsed by the SME IGP selection panel, their own ITA and judged by our French partners as likely to find a potential market among IBD or PlastiOuest attendees for their product or service.

Sub sectors identified as of particular interest to French and international attendees include:

- Alloys

- Screw cutting (machining)

- Stamping

- Pressing

- Fixings

- Casting

- Forging

- Ferrous metals

- Non-ferrous metals

- Springs

- Welding

- Precision sheet metals

- Treatment

- Coatings

- Semi-finished products transformation

- Precision machining

- Paint transformation of plastics

- Transformation of rubber

- Composites

- 3D printing

- Molds

- Models

- Scale models

- Rapid prototyping

- Stereo lithography

- Electricity / Electronic / Microtechnics

- Assembly of sub-assemblies and complete assemblies

- Systems integrator

The two International Business Days comprise focused B2B sessions and networking opportunities primarily for the automotive / autosport & transport sectors. They attract high calibre companies from France and beyond. There are also conference elements around additives and electric & hybrid vehicles / energy. This is the eleventh edition and feedback has been very positive e.g. 94% appreciated the number, quality & duration of their 1:1 sessions.

Plasti-Ouest is a one-day event on 13th June dedicated to plastics and composite use and innovation in many sectors e.g. automotive, aerospace, packaging, marine, health, construction – learn about what innovations are sought by buyers and the latest tech developments.

Le Mans Tech is a one-day event on 14th – a mix of showcase and conference focused on innovation in mobility. Our IBD programme includes a special session at the end of the IBD, but you may wish to spend longer there.

Following our mission there is a further optional programme focused on investing in western France for firms wanting to learn about setting up an office in the region and this includes VIP access to the 24 hour race. This is by invitation / selection only and not part of the ERDF mission. If interested please advise us.

As the mission is fully funded by our ERDF SME International Growth Project, we require applicant firms to complete and submit this simple online form unless your firm has done so already. This enables us to check your eligibility. Thank you.

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