The North East Automotive Expo returns for a fourth year at a new venue – the Beacon of Light in Sunderland

Following last year’s successful event, the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is delighted to open registration for the region’s largest automotive event, which will take place at the new Beacon of Light on Thursday 27th September.

Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA says of the events new venue: “The success of this event over the past three years is a clear demonstration of the importance of the regions automotive sector. The Beacon of Light is a fantastic new venue which will enable us to expand exhibitor capacity up to 180 companies. We believe it will take the North East Automotive Expo to new heights.”

Butler continues “The opportunities within the automotive sector are huge. The accelerated introduction of new technologies such as electrified propulsion, connected & autonomous vehicles will have significant impact on our supply chain; whilst an increased focus on localisation and the digitalisation of our manufacturing processes will open up the automotive sector to new companies. There is no better time to engage and to gear up for the exciting growth and expansion opportunities that lie ahead.”

The North East is world renowned as a centre of excellence for automotive manufacturing producing 30% of all UK passenger vehicles and is a significant contributor to the regional economy, generating over £11bn of sales.

The region is home to leading global automotive companies, such as Nissan, Komatsu, Cummins, Adient, Borg Warner, Calsonic Kansei, Elring Klinger, Faltec, Gestamp, Kasai, Lear, Nifco, Novares, SNOP, Unipres and ZF. Growth and expansion should see the region grow by an additional £3bn over the next three years.

The North East Automotive Expo is the regions premier event to showcase the strength and depth of the region’s automotive industry; and to connect manufacturers and suppliers. Over 800 people are expected to attend this year’s event.

Irene Lucas CBE, chief executive of Sunderland City Council and Headline Sponsor of the event for a fourth year said: “This event provides an excellent platform for the region’s automotive companies to showcase their unique and innovative products. Many of our companies are pioneering in their field and are often identified as global centres of excellence, with efficient processes developed here being rolled-out to production facilities worldwide.

“The North East has built, and continues to grow, its reputation in the global automotive industry, and with key strategic developments such as the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland and South Tyneside set to play a significant role in attracting new investment to the region; and the development of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing being essential in sustaining the skills pipeline - it is vital that we continue to keep a primary focus on supporting and future proofing the industry.”

Exhibition registration is now open, with over 100 stands up for grabs. Companies within the sector are encouraged to contact the NEAA to secure a stand space at the event, which has grown year on year. As well as the exhibition, the event promises to offer many of the regular features including Meet the Buyer, Keynote Speakers, a Trade Zone and a dedicated area for SMEs participating in the ERDF funded ACE SME programme, plus the Pre-event Dinner the evening before.