HYVE Electric Battery Plant based at Hyperdrive Innovation, Sunderland
Sunderland’s innovative partnerships are driving jobs and the economy
Sunderland’s innovative partnerships are driving jobs and the economy

Sunderland’s strong global position as a leading automotive and advanced manufacturing hub continues to grow. The car-making sector is helping to build a strong knowledge economy in the city, which is key to the North East’s economic growth. Sunderland City Council is playing a leading role, building strong partnerships with innovators, entrepreneurs, universities and business […]

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe, part of a global Fortune 500 corporation founded in 1615, is the first tenant to sign up for a new business unit at Jade Business Park in Durham.
Sumitomo Announced as First Tenant at Jade Business Park, Durham
Sumitomo Announced as First Tenant at Jade Business Park, Durham

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe, part of a global Fortune 500 corporation founded in 1615, is the first tenant to sign up for a new business unit at Jade Business Park in Durham. Jade Business Park, which is now under construction, is a 55 acre employment site just moments from the A19 and Dalton Park […]

NEAA 2019 Expo event at The Beacon of Light in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD
Over 600 delegates attend NE Auto Expo in massive show of strength for the North East automotive sector
Over 600 delegates attend NE Auto Expo in massive show of strength for the North East automotive sector

Delegates at the fifth annual NE Auto Expo, coordinated by the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), heard the sector has created 8,000 jobs and attracted £1.9 billion of capital investment in the last ten years. Both figures are set to grow strongly with the creation of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), situated close to […]

Snorkel, Washington, Tyne and Wear
Sunderland based, Snorkel UK growing from strength to strength
Sunderland based, Snorkel UK growing from strength to strength

Washington-based Snorkel Europe Limited has almost doubled employee numbers in the last two years and increased sales by 79 per cent since 2015. The exceptional growth owes much to thriving global exports. The Sunderland plant of the worldwide Snorkel business produces the largest proportion of Snorkel aerial work platforms for markets outside of North America.  […]

Plans approved for multi-million pound business park development
Plans approved for multi-million pound business park development

Planning consent has been given for a new multi-million pound business park which could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven speculative units (comprising 155,000 sq ft) at Jade Business Park, next to the A19 and Dalton Park, […]

Nissan Sunderland Plant produces 10 million cars
Ten millionth vehicle built at Nissan Sunderland Plant
Ten millionth vehicle built at Nissan Sunderland Plant

Nissan Sunderland Plant is celebrating another record breaking milestone as the ten millionth vehicle rolls of the production line. It has taken the plant 33 years to reach the ten million mark – making it the fastest car factory in the UK to the landmark figure. It also means that, on average, a new car has […]

Guy Currey, Director, Invest North East England
BLOG: How innovation and technology is changing the automotive sector in Britain
BLOG: How innovation and technology is changing the automotive sector in Britain

In the year 2040 a ban will come into force that stops the sale of any new petrol or diesel cars in Britain. Many commentators have argued the ban should come into force sooner because of the negative impact vehicle emissions have on air pollution. As I write this blog, the UK’s future relationship with […]

SNOP Group builds new advanced manufacturing facility on IAMP
French automotive supplier SNOP to open new facility on IAMP
French automotive supplier SNOP to open new facility on IAMP

The frame of the first factory on a ground-breaking new development is rising into the sky, after it was announced French car parts manufacturer SNOP is relocating to International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), creating more than 100 new jobs. SNOP has committed to move its team to a £15 million manufacturing plant on the IAMP, […]