Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the trade association for the United Kingdom motor industry. It "promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad".It was founded by Frederick Richard Simms on 16 July 1902. One of its early functions was holding motor shows, the earliest of which was at Crystal Palace in January 1903 (now known as the British International Motor Show). The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) was formed in 1945. In 1978, the Motor Show moved to the National Exhibition Centre. In 2006, the Motor Show returned to London at ExCel in 2006.The orgnanisation "promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad" for a sector that produced 1.7 million vehicles and 3 million engines in the UK (2009) and employs a UK workforce of over 850,000.