The North East Automotive Industry

The North East is home to leading OEM's including Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Komatsu UK, Caterpillar, Erwin Hymer Group and Cummins, who are responsible for producing over 502,000 passenger cars and commercial vehicles, 6,400 non-highway vehicles and over 325,000 engines.

The region is world renowned for automotive manufacturing, indeed Nissan Sunderland is Europe’s most productive car plant and top ten across the globe. The North East accounts for over 20% of all Electric Vehicle production across Europe and boasts a significant and growing reputation for investment into research and development and new and emerging technologies such as advanced propulsion and connected and autonomous vehicles.

There are over 240 automotive companies in the North East automotive sector, together they generate over £11 billion in sales, export over £6.5 billion annually, with a trade surplus of £2.6bn. Today the sector directly employs over 30,000 people and impacts a further 141,000 jobs across the UK.