Big names signed up for Sunderland’s first motor expo

Nissan vice-president for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, left, and Peter Howe, managing director at Komatsu UK.

Nissan vice-president for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, left, and Peter Howe, managing director at Komatsu UK.

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Nissan, Komatsu and Jaguar Land Rover are among the big names signed up for the region’s first Automotive Expo, taking place in Sunderland next month.

Hosted by North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), and supported by Sunderland City Council and Tees Valley Unlimited, the North East Automotive Expo will be held at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, September 24.

We are confident suppliers will see real value in establishing contact with some of our leading automotive buyers.

Paul Butler

The event will welcome Jaguar Land Rover to the region for the first time as part of the Meet the Buyer, and with the likes of Nifco UK, Gestamp Tallent, Calsonic Kansei Europe, Lear Corporation UK and Faltec Europe also signed up, more than 150 one-to-one meeting opportunities are available.

The one-day event promises to bring together more than 200 industry delegates from across the UK and will feature keynote speakers Lawrence Davies, deputy chief executive of the Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), and Mike Matthews, managing director of Nifco UK, vice-chairman of the NEAA and newly-appointed president of the North East Chamber of Commerce.

More than half of delegates are already signed up and small stand spaces are sold out.

NEAA chief executive Paul Butler, said, “The North East Automotive Expo is an excellent opportunity for the vast array of companies within the automotive sector to get together and exchange business contacts, opportunities and promote the great work going on in this industry.

“Nissan, Komatsu and the tier-one suppliers are very attractive to suppliers, however, it is a clear demonstration of the benefits the NEAA brings to the region in attracting Jaguar Land Rover to this North East event.

“We are confident suppliers will see real value in establishing contact with some of our leading automotive buyers, and would encourage companies to register.

“Even those not currently supplying the sector, as there is a £4bn supply chain opportunity across the UK and we want North East companies to take advantage of that, particularly those on our ERDF-funded SME Supply Chain Development programme.”

Michael Mychajluk, supply chain and external engagement manager at Jaguar Land Rover said: “Jaguar Land Rover is excited to attend this event in the North East as it’s important to focus on the automotive manufacturing heartlands, where the suppliers and skills are located.”

For more information, or to register, call 0191 516 4400, email events@northeastautomotivealliance.com or visit www.northeastautomotivealliance.com/events/