It’s going to be a busy year and here is our spring schedule for exhibitions. Do let us know if you are planning to attend and we can hopefully meet up:


Hydrogen Tech Expo
30th March 2023 – Telford


Commercial Vehicle Show
18th – 20th April 2023 – Birmingham


Hannover Fair
17th – 21st April 2023 – Hannover


World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition
9th – 11th May – 2023 – Rotterdam Ahoy

European business development manager Stuart Lowe takes a look at some of the key stats and facts from the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ reports.

As SMMT members we really value all the insight that is provided as well as the incredible campaigning that the organisation does to promote and defend the sector, helping it to thrive.

For me, these are the standout numbers and thoughts from their latest data:

With more than 182,000 people employed in manufacturing and some 780,000 in total across the wider automotive industry, the sector accounts for 10% of total UK exports with more than 150 countries importing UK produced vehicles, generating £77 billion of trade.

More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers.

Over 859,000 cars, 72,913 commercial vehicles and 1.6 million engines were built in the UK in 2021.

Eight out of 10 cars produced in the UK in 2021 were exported overseas and over half of these (55%) went to the European Union.


The year ahead

We know that the biggest challenge for the industry this year will be decarbonisation. A Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate for cars and vans needs flexibility to work for the industry, the consumer and the environment. HGVs face a 2040 cut-off for non-ZEVs and this too must be workable – affordable, practical and addressing the issues of infrastructure. We need battery production but we need other sectors to step up too.

It’s good to see the SMMT approach this year with cautious optimism that gradual growth will emerge. Having been slow out of the post-Covid blocks, there is a chance the sector could outperform an economy in recession. But the UK industry’s long-term future must be built on the strong foundations of competitiveness, productivity, a skilled and flexible workforce and technological investment.

Here at Ginho Europe, with a global support team that includes over 150 engineers, we are investing heavily into research and development, collaborating with customers to create solutions that add value and offer the most effective use of funds and resources, throughout a project’s lifecycle. Bring on 2023!


To find out more, please get in touch at [email protected].

Chad Hempel, Managing Director

“We go where our customers want us!” So says Ginho America’s managing director Chad Hempel, and hence this thriving division is looking to expand across the Americas in 2023, with a new site and new recruits.

Chad’s team has ambitious plans and now that a number of newly won contracts have come online, the business is funding a programme of growth.

Chad joined Ginho in 2016 on the back of 30 years’ experience in the fabrication of various metals. His technical expertise and background bring many benefits, especially around his focus on delivering the best possible customer service and adding value in everything.

Specifically, as Ginho America extends its offer and invests in new facilities, Chad will be recruiting team members with warehouse, sales and accountancy skills.


To find out more about Ginho America, please email [email protected]

Brandon Payne, Craig Dennis & James Twells

Giving team members great career opportunities is a top priority at Ginho – motivated employees deliver the best possible customer service and add the most value.


We are big fans of apprenticeship schemes and are delighted that Brandon Payne has joined us as apprentice admin assistant, working with Mandy Farrow in the HR & Admin team. As a school-leaver, this is Brandon’s first full-time job while also attending college.


James Twells has been promoted from a role in the warehouse to be our new sales estimator, supporting Jim Maiden and Stuart Lowe. Last month he went on his first European trip and loved it!


Craig Dennis has also been promoted from warehouse supervisor to be assistant supply chain manager, supporting Joshua Hancock-Brown.

GINHO’S featured Value Added Engineering piece in the industry publication Automotive Powertrain Technology International is available to read more as a pdf.

We are visiting a number of European exhibitions this November and December. If you are planning to attend any of the events below, please get in touch and we can arrange to meet up.


Euro Bus Expo
1st – 3rd Nov 2022 – Birmingham


London EV Show
29th Nov – 1st Dec 2022 – London


Valve World Expo
29th Nov – 1st Dec 2022 – Dusseldorf

As Patrons of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce we were delighted to join an international trade visit to Germany to make new connections with international businesses. The chamber has a wealth of import/export knowledge to help with all aspects of the trading process and provides access to overseas chambers, Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates within the UK and across the world.

Jim Maiden, European Sales Manager

European sales manager Jim Maiden joined the business back in 2012 when the company was a UK start-up and trading as Yonghe Europe.

Jim has 28 years’ commercial experience, having started in stainless steel and non-ferrous products back in 1994.

After a period in financial services, he returned to metals in 2007 – specialising in the sale of tubular products and bespoke components to the automotive market. It is during this time that he developed a strong understanding of this sector.

Jim joined Yonghe Europe in November 2012, as the first employee of the Group outside China.

10 years on, Jim has played a key role in the growth and management of sales throughout the UK and Europe, while also supporting the development of global customer platforms for GINHO facilities in Germany and the USA.

As the business moves towards 2023, Jim’s focus is very much on further developing relationships with existing customers and also expanding into new areas.

To start a conversation with Jim, please get in touch at [email protected].

Accessing valuable insight and updates on all the latest industry news are huge benefits to being members of the SMMT. Attending events like Meet the Buyer also provides fantastic opportunities for us to tell the Ginho story to a new audience and to learn about key issues within the sector.

Running alongside Advanced Engineering 2022, Meet the Buyer will be focusing heavily on innovation as OEMs strive to make components lighter, quieter, sustainable and more cost-effective. Ginho positions itself as the partner to help meet these goals.

With more than 150 engineers in materials, manufacturing and R&D, we have a wealth of expertise and experience, coupled with advanced simulation software to explore designs and solutions. With operations spanning Asia, North America, Europe and the UK, we offer customers a global partnership, with access to our manufacturing capabilities via strategically located international divisions.

Specifically, Ginho is a global specialist in manufacturing temperature-critical and pressure-related components and is always evolving materials and processes to produce components for vehicles using current and alternative fuels – including CNG, LNG, hydrogen, fuel cell, hybrid and other emerging technologies.

Ginho is supporting a reduction in emissions in line with the current Euro 6d and future Euro 7, China 6 and Bharat 6 legislation, across passenger, commercial and agricultural vehicles.

We are visiting a number of European exhibitions this autumn. If you are planning to attend any of the events below, please get in touch and we can arrange to meet up.


Automechanika Frankfurt
13th – 17th – September 2022 – Frankfurt


IAA Hannover
20th – 25th – September 2022 – Hannover


Al Expo (Aluminium)
27th – 29th September 2022 – Dusseldorf


11th – 13th – October 2022 – Wolfsburg


Zero Emission Mediterranean
12th – 14th October 2022 – Rome


Hydrogen Technology
19th – 20th October 2022 – Bremen


Global Automotive Components & Suppliers
8th – 10th – November 2022 – Stuttgart


London EV Show
29th Nov – 1st Dec 2022 – London