Automotive Council Supply Chain Group to Deliver Keynote Address at North East Automotive Expo in Sunderland

Returning for a fourth year this week, the North East Automotive Expo, the only event of its kind in the region, will welcome members of the Automotive Council UK, bringing its senior figures from across the industry to the North East.

Sunderland. Established in 2009, the Automotive Council was formed to enhance dialogue and strengthen co-operation between UK government and the automotive sector and is made up of senior figures from across industry and government; and has been the backbone of the growth and expansion of the sectors recent success.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), who organise the annual expo, are delighted to welcome members of the Automotive Council Supply Chain Group, which was established to build consensus on the challenges facing UK automotive supply chain companies and to deliver a number of targeted actions to improve the long-term competitiveness and capacity of the UK automotive supply chain.

The group includes companies such as the Department for International Trade (DiT) Automotive Sector Team, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK, Aston Martin, Honda, JCB, JLR, McLaren, Michelin, Nissan, SMMT, Toyota and Vauxhall.

Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA said: “The success of the North East Automotive Expo over the previous three years demonstrates the importance of the regions automotive sector and has paved way to attract more and more senior figures from outside of the region. Having members of the Automotive Council come to the North East is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what the region has to offer.”

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.

Judith Richardson, Global Purchasing Director for Electrical Propulsion, Jaguar Land Rover & Chair of the Automotive Council Supply Chain Group said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this year’s North East Automotive Expo, representing the Automotive Council Supply Chain Group. We see the North East as fundamental to the success of the UK automotive industry and we look forward to networking with companies in the region, whilst informing delegates about the Automotive Council’s wider supply chain initiatives.”

This year, the North East Automotive Expo will move to a fantastic new venue in Sunderland which enables the event to expand exhibitor capacity. The Beacon of Light, which is built alongside the Stadium of Light, is Sunderland’s most innovative sports and education facility and the first of its kind in the UK.

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 700 people are expected to attend this year’s event. The Automotive Council will deliver the keynote address at the start of the event and will be followed by a packed schedule of industry focused workshops, Meet the Buyer, as well an expanded exhibitor area encompassing a Trade Zone, NEAA partners and a dedicated area for SMEs participating in the ERDF funded ACE SME programme.

Patrick Melia, 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.”