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Automotive

  • The North East's thriving automotive cluster

    North East England has a thriving and successful automotive cluster, comprising a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and around 270 companies in the supply chain, supplying local, national and international manufacturers.

    The region accounts for one-third of total UK car production. In 2016, the UK produced 1.7 million vehicles and 2.5 million engines, with these numbers forecast to grow in coming years and have a further positive impact on the North East.

    Nissan is based just a stone's throw from South Tyneside, utilising the Port of Tyne for much of its imported components and to export vehicles across the globe via their three car terminals.

    Huge opportunity exists to support the wider UK automotive sector which is easily accessible by road from South Tyneside. Nissan currently spends £3 billion annually with suppliers in the local area, however 50% of spend is still from overseas suppliers.

    Supporting the growth of the region's automotive sector is the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA). An industry-led cluster organisation, the NEAA works directly with OEMs and the supply chain across North East England delivering support to improve competitiveness and sustainable growth for all members.

  • Our talented workforce

    Our region sees 26,450 people employed in the automotive sector and a pipeline of talent coming through both further education colleges and our region's five universities.

    We are working with industry to ensure that the relevant skillsets are available to support the automotive sector, including:

    • Almost 10,000 students study engineering & technology related subjects
    • Across the region's five universities there are 129 courses with an engineering & technology (and automotive) focus, producing around 3,000 engineering graduates per year
    • Our FE Colleges offer 282 automotive related vocational educational courses, with a number of bespoke training packages delivered at dedicated training facilities to support the sector

    Talent is available yet labour costs are lower than rival UK locations - the average annual pay for workers in the automotive manufacturing sector in the North East is £28,116.

  • International Advanced Manufacturing Park

    The International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in partnership with neighbouring Sunderland City Council, provides an ideal location for automotive organisations - it sits adjacent to the Nissan plant with excellent access to the main road network.

    The IAMP is our flagship development that will deliver over 390,000m² of bespoke industrial space over the next 15 years, with strong links to the automotive sector due to it's location and the cluster that already exists within the area.

    Manufacturers based at IAMP will benefit from supply chain opportunities across the UK, and Europe. The Port of Tyne is only four miles from the site and provides import, export and storage facilities across all sectors with an understanding of the demands of the automotive sector.

    International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP)

Support for your business

Our dedicated team will provide practical support for automotive organisations setting up a facility in South Tyneside.

Get in touch with your requirements, whether you are thinking about relocating, looking to expand your business, or if you are just setting up in North East England. 

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