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, […]

One millionth Juke built at Nissan Sunderland Plant
One millionth Juke built at Sunderland Plant
One millionth Juke built at Sunderland Plant

Eight years after it created the compact crossover segment, the one millionth Juke has rolled off the line at Nissan Sunderland Plant. On average, a brand new Juke is built at the plant every 105 seconds. Well known for its distinctive sporty styling, the 2018 Juke comes with a host of interior and exterior personalisation […]

3 MILLIONTH QASHQAI PRODUCTION SUNDERLAND
Three millionth Qashqai built in UK as Nissan Europe sets sales record
Three millionth Qashqai built in UK as Nissan Europe sets sales record

Nissan Europe capped a record-breaking 2017 with the production of the three millionth Nissan Qashqai in the U.K., just over a decade after the category-defining vehicle made its debut.  The landmark achievement by Nissan’s Sunderland Plant came as the company posted its best ever full-year European sales, totalling 762,574 vehicles across Datsun and Nissan models. […]

Elmtronics CEO
Elmtronics targets £8m sales as it eyes up new markets
Elmtronics targets £8m sales as it eyes up new markets

Elmtronics, a County Durham based electric vehicle charging specialist has unveiled ambitious three-year growth plans that will see its turnover soar to almost £8m a year. The company is aiming to be one of the top four companies operating in the UK’s rapidly growing EV charging market by 2020. It is looking to make a […]

Lear Corporation - Advanced Manufacturing - North East England
Lear Corporation Brings European R&D To Sunderland
Lear Corporation Brings European R&D To Sunderland

Lear Corporation in Sunderland has been chosen as the location for the US automotive giant’s European research and development division, against competition across Europe. The company will build a £1.5m extension for R&D work following advice and support from Sunderland City Council’s Business Investment Team. The research and development facility will create new highly skilled jobs, and strengthen […]

IAMP gets the green light to move forward after securing government funding
IAMP gets the green light to move forward after securing government funding

IAMP – A giant advanced manufacturing park close to Nissan has been given the green light to move forward after securing £42million of government funding. The planned International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), close to the A19 just north of Nissan’s car making plant, is designed to create more than 5,000 jobs across the two authorities […]

Largest Automotive Cluster to Speak at Westminster for a Second Consecutive Year to Cement the Regions Success
Largest Automotive Cluster to Speak at Westminster for a Second Consecutive Year to Cement the Regions Success

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will take to the floor again at the House of Commons on Wednesday 30 November during a Reception hosted by Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington and Sunderland West. Hot after the announcement that the new Nissan Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV […]