Westminster launch for new automotive innovation team

The launch of the North East Automotive Alliance earlier this year.
The launch of the North East Automotive Alliance earlier this year.
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The future of the region’s automotive industry will be outlined in Westminster today.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), which brings together all aspects of the industry, will unveil its new Innovation and Technology Group at a House of Commons reception hosted by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson this afternoon.

We have perhaps gone under the radar too long and this is a key chance to shout about the expertise and value in the region. This group will help put the region at the forefront of emerging technology.”

Paul Butler

Nissan’s Kevin Fitzpatrick is chairman of the NEAA said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing the region’s automotive industry to the rest of the country at our Westminster launch.”

“This event provides us with a platform to demonstrate the great things that are happening in the North East, and the opportunity to tell businesses elsewhere in the UK about the support available within the regional cluster.”

The new Innovation and Technology Group, headed by Dr Colin Herron of Zero Carbon Futures, will have two key roles: to showcase and develop emerging technology and support process innovation, working with manufacturers and suppliers to make products more quickly and cost effectively.

NEAA chief executive Paul Butler said: “One of the reasons NEAA was formed was to raise awareness and act as the voice of the North East automotive industry. The launch is about letting the Government know how North East industry is driving the region’s competitiveness.

“We have perhaps gone under the radar too long and this is a key chance to shout about the expertise and value in the region.

“This group will help put the region at the forefront of emerging technology.”