Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Championing Region's Automotive Industry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Championing Region's Automotive Industry

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Byline: event SEAN SEDDON

THE region's success within the automative industry is to be cemented when the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) take centre stage at Westminster.

Members of the NEAA will travel to London to champion the region at a special Parliamentary event - the second of its kind - designed to champion the North East's successes within the car manufacturing sector.

The NEAA, the region's largest automative cluster representing more than 180 firms across the region, will take the floor at the House of Commons just weeks after Nissan's announcement that the Nissan Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV will both be built in Sunderland, potentially creating a further 1,000 jobs.

Industry representatives will be at the event and are aiming to highlight the significant contribution the North East automotive sector makes to the wider UK economy.

Featuring presentations from key industry figures, the event is billed as an opportunity to highlight the challenges and opportunities the sector faces. The reception, which follows a similar event last year, is to be hosted by Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland.

She said: "I am delighted to be sponsoring a second event with the NEAA, which is testament to the strong and growing automotive manufacturing sector in the North East, which now generates over PS11bn of sales and employs over 30,000 people directly.

"In September Nissan celebrated 30 years of automotive manufacturing in Sunderland and with the news of the new Qashqai and X-Trail being built in the region, it certainly re-affirms the North East's position as a global centre of excellence for automotive manufacturing; and provides a springboard for the future growth and expansion of the sector."

Paul Butler, chief executive officer of the NEAA, said: "The NEAA is very much industry-driven, with all our working groups populated by industrialists who work together and share best practice in order to improve regional performance. …

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