The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) has announced the launch of its first Automotive Export Week, to take place virtually between September 14-18.

The NEAA is collaborating with Supply Chain North East and the Department for International Trade (DIT) to ensure the virtual event invites businesses at every stage of the process to explore key automotive markets, learn about all aspects of export, seek support from market specialists and trade champions, build contacts and meet potential customers.

There will be more than 40 events including country briefings, interactive panel discussions and workshops.

In addition, the week will provide a platform for delegates to market their products and services to enable business matchmaking, collaboration and one-to-one networking.

Paul Butler, CEO of North East Automotive Alliance, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Supply Chain North East and the Department for International Trade to demonstrate that the North East continues to be a key player in the global automotive sector.

“Over the past 30 years the region has established itself as a centre of excellence for automotive manufacturing.

“It is the second largest automotive region in the UK and accounts for 30% of UK passenger vehicles, 20% of Europe’s electric passenger vehicles, 10% of all UK non-highway vehicles and produces 350,000 engines per year. More recently, it has established itself as a leading location for electrification with strengths in battery manufacturing, power electronics, motors and drives.

“Automotive Export Week will feature country briefings from across the globe and creates the ideal opportunity for businesses to expand their sector knowledge and raise their company profile with a view to boosting sales overseas and speaking directly to specialist trade advisors.”

Lawrence Davies MBE, part of the automotive sector team at the Department for International Trade, said: “I am delighted to be supporting Automotive Export Week this September.

“This is another example of the NEAA’s proactive support for its members and willingness to collaborate with the wider UK sector.

“This event will bring together automotive country specialists from within the Department for International Trade and other supporting organisations and companies from across the North East and the UK.

“Companies at all stages of export will benefit from this amazing opportunity. The automotive sector remains the UK’s largest exporter of industrial goods and I, for one, would like to see this continue.”



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