Driving growth in the North East
The automotive sector in North East England is a stunning success story.
Our sector comprises more than 240 companies, generating over £10.5bn in sales, exporting more than £5.1bn annually and with a trade surplus of £2.6bn.
The sector directly employs more than 30,000 people.
Local authorities, business organisations, our centres of excellence and regionally located Research and Development funds, all supply a huge amount of support specifically geared towards nurturing existing supply chains and providing opportunities for new entrants.
In the last five years alone, 46 investment projects have pumped £1.6bn into our automotive sector, and it’s estimated future growth and expansion is set to generate an additional 10,000 new jobs in the next ten years.
They are responsible for producing over 500,000 passenger cars and commercial vehicles, 6,400 non-highway vehicles and more than 325,000 engines each year.
North East England Works for the automotive sector. We have the support network in place for new investors to set up home here and take advantage of £4bn worth of Tier One parts supply opportunities with vehicle manufacturers in the UK.
One in every three cars made in the UK is manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland.
The Nissan plant supports a major Tier One supply chain of 30 companies, who have expanded to supply companies nationally and internationally from their North East bases, like Gestamp and SNOP UK Ltd.
It’s the ability of our region to meet the on-going skilled labour requirements of our companies which is key.
Gateshead College, for example, is a valued training provider for Nissan and several of its major suppliers. It develops bespoke training packages in dedicated training facilities, including its flagship Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics.
The Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation (SASMI), which was created as a state-of-the-art facility for training workers in the low carbon automotive manufacturing sector, covers all aspects of the industry’s skills needs, training the workforce of the future making Nissan’s market-leading electric vehicles.