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.