P5X5271 lrThe North East Automotive expo 2016 will take place in Sunderland again this September supported by big name sponsors and will provide numerous opportunities for automotive suppliers and associated service companies to showcase their products and services.

Make it Sunderland has confirmed as headline sponsor for a second year, whilst NELEP is partner sponsor. As well as excellent networking opportunities and a packed agenda hosted at the Stadium of Light on 22 September, delegates will hear keynote speeches from Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover, who between them, account for two thirds of all vehicle output in the UK.

Briggs Equipment will sponsor this year’s Meet the Buyer, which facilitated 140 one-to-one meetings at least year’s event and has already gained commitment from Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Komatsu, Nifco, Calsonic Kansei, Faurecia and Faltec for 2016.

The North East Automotive expo 2016 will also bring new concepts and showcases to support the strong presence of the innovative and growing automotive sector. New for this year is a Technology Showcase, sponsored by Evolution MRO, giving companies a platform to showcase latest technologies or expand existing applications into the automotive sector.

Organisers of the event, industry-led cluster group North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), are now looking for new innovation ideas and technology to be presented during the Technology Showcase, which is being supported by KTN, the UK’s Innovation Network.

The programme will include the opportunity to deliver a three minute pitch to a sector-specific audience, as well as display products within the Technology Showcase hall. The pitch is open to all types of companies across the UK and applications can be downloaded from the NEAA website: https://www.northeastautomotivealliance.com/neaa-membership-services/events/north-east-automotive-expo-2016

Paul Butler, CEO said, “We are delighted to be bringing the expo back for its second year following the success of its inaugural year. We are committed to keeping the expo industry focussed and are delighted to be supported by a number of sponsors as well as world-class automotive companies.

“We decided to launch the Technology Showcase this year to enable companies the opportunity to promote their product or process innovation as part of an initiative to support the automotive industry with business prospects. We are confident this year’s event will provide even more opportunities for our members, SMEs and the wider automotive sector.

“We have already sold 80% of our exhibition space so we urge companies within the supply chain to secure your space now and also take advantage of the pre-event dinner, sponsored by South Tyneside Council, which will offer further networking opportunities.”

With more than 350 delegates expected to be present on the day, the event is proving to be a major attraction and provides a great opportunity to network, explore business opportunities and learn about the North East’s automotive industry, which is responsible for £10.5 billion in annual sales and directly employs over 30,000 people.

The expo dinner will take place on 21 September at the National Glass Centre and will play host to 150 industry professionals and automotive VIPs. Sponsored by South Tyneside Council, the dinner will offer an ideal place to celebrate the success of the North East automotive sector. Altec Engineering Group, who specialise in mechanical and electrical engineering support and CNC precision machining services, is this year’s Drinks Sponsor.