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North East Automotive Expo 2021

Thursday, 30th September 2021 @ 08:30 - 15:00

North East Automotive Expo 2021

The region's flagship automotive exhibition and networking event.

About this event

Returning to its home at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland, the North East Automotive Expo 2021 promises to provide an excellent platform to reconnect the region's automotive sector.

Together with the keynote speaker, Britishvolt, and our strong sponsor and supporter line-up, you can expect the latest industry insights, meet the buyer opportunities, interactive features and key activities designed to meet your business needs.

The flagship exhibition will connect suppliers and technology providers face-to-face with the exemplar automotive community, to facilitate business and knowledge exchange right there on the show floor. It's the perfect mechanism to support your recovery and expansion!

  • Over 120 Exhibitors sold out!
  • Meet the Buyer - 11 companies including Nissan, Komatsu, Britishvolt, Gestamp, Cummins, Nifco, Marelli, Unipres, Elring Klinger, Magna and Kasai.
  • Britishvolt Keynote Speaker
  • NEAA Showcase Zone - including the new Nissan Qashqai
  • Forums and Workshops
  • Supply Chain North East Zone
  • Trade and Investment Zone


Meet the Buyer

Meet the Buyer 2021 is sponsored by ThinkPrime and will be supported by Nissan, Komatsu, Britishvolt, Gestamp, Cummins, Nifco, Marelli, Unipres, Elring Klinger, Magna and Kasai.

We are offering pre-bookable 20-minute one-to-one buyer meetings. The EOI is now closed and companies will be notified a week prior to the event.

Main Stage Agenda

09.30am-09.45am: NEAA Welcome - Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

09.45am-10.00am: Main Sponsor Welcome - Patrick Melia, Chief Executive, Sunderland City Council

10.00am-10.30am: Keynote Speaker: Britishvolt

11.00am-12.00pm: Electrification

11.00am-11.20am: North East Electrification Capability and UK Eco System – Ryan Maughan, Chairman, EV North

11.20am-11.30am: Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) - North East – Rachel Chambers, Chief Operating Office, DER-IC - North East

11.30am-12.00pm: EV North Open Forum

1.00pm-2.00pm: Industrial Digitisation

1.00pm-1.15pm: NEAA Industrial Digitalisation - Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

1.15pm-1.30pm: Manufacturing Made Smarter - BEIS and Innovate UK

1.30pm-1.45pm: Made Smarter Adoption North East Programme – Karl McCracken, NELEP

2.30pm-2.50pm: 5G Connected Automated Logistics (CAL)

5G-Enabled CAL Project Update - Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

Member delegate free

Non-member delegate (core manufacturer) free

Non-member delegate (service provider) £50.00 (+VAT)*

Sponsorship opportunities Sold Out!

*You will be subject to Eventbrite fees if you choose to pay online. Alternatively, you can request 'pay by invoice' at checkout.

Accommodation Deal

The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland is offering exhibitors and delegates a preferential B&B rate of £69.00 for the evening before the Expo. If you would like to book, please call 0191 500 9494 and quote NEAA Expo.

Event Safety Guidelines

a. Stay home if you are unwell. All guests are encouraged to check you are feeling well before attending our event. Please ensure that you are in good health, with no fever or other symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in your normal sense of taste or smell) related to COVID-19, before travelling to the venue.

b. Please ensure you have taken the time to read all the latest Government, Public Health, travel, and testing guidance prior to the event.

c. Please have your registration details (Eventbrite ticket) available when you arrive to help move through registration quickly and to avoid delays.

d. All attendees, except those exempts, are required to wear face coverings or masks. This should be worn at all times and in all areas of the event.

e. Increased spacing will be in place across the exhibition floor, so that you can move safely through the whole venue whilst maintaining a safe distance. A one-way system entry and exit door will also be in place. Signage will be used throughout to communicate safe practices and show the direction of pedestrian movement.

f. Hand sanitiser will be readily available throughout the venue. Please continue to follow guidance and wash your hands frequently.

g. Ventilation will be increased, improving fresh air circulation in line with the latest guidance. Cloakroom facilities may have limited space, so we encourage you to bring as little with you as possible.

h. Catering facilities will be provided but will be in line with the latest government guidance. Seating areas will have increased spacing.

i. Exhibitors are encouraged to review stand space and designs to ensure physical distancing is maintained. It is an individual company’s responsibility to allocate and manage a safe number of delegates at an exhibition stand.

j. We will maintain the highest standards of cleaning before, during and after the event. This will include frequent cleaning of all regularly touched surfaces, seating, and meeting places. Exhibitors are encouraged to keep stand areas clean.

k. The above safety guidelines may change in line with updated Government guidance. If this happens, you will be updated in writing.

About Supply Chain North East

Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.


September 30th 2021

08:30 - 15:00

Beacon of Light