Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alliance to Boost North East Automotive Sector; AUTOMOTIVE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alliance to Boost North East Automotive Sector; AUTOMOTIVE

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ADRIVE has been launched to boost the North East economy through growing of the automotive sector.

Tony Sarginson, who represents the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), and Lawrence Davies, from UK Trade and Investment's Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), met at parts manufacturer Nifco UK to kick off the project that aims to develop the region's automotive supply chain.

NEAA, a newly-formed alliance bringing together representatives from businesses including Nissan and Komatsu, was established to help the North East to unlock its potential and grow its supply chain.

The organisation, which officially launches this year, hopes that by bringing the right people together, it can accelerate the growth of the sector in the North East.

AIO, meanwhile, aims to increase the percentage of UK-produced parts that are used in cars built in this country.

Mr Sarginson, who is among the NEPIC cluster team delivering a UKTI-sponsored project tasked with growing the economy of the North East, said: "We already have many outstanding, world-class automotive manufacturers in this part of the world - Nifco being a good example - but we have never really worked collaboratively across the sector for the greater good of the region.

"Our industry leaders believe that there are potentially great benefits to be gained if we were to form a strong, supportive automotive cluster that unites key players in the sector and inspires more businesses to get on board with what is a massive opportunity for the manufacturing businesses that want to grow in our region.

"It's vital that we also harness the support of wider reaching organisations, such as the AIO, to ensure that we bring the right minds together, and that businesses in this sector in the North East benefit from the best advice, support and assistance possible to spur on their development and growth plans. …

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