Automotive Cluster Takes Local Businesses To Cenex-lcv The Uk’s Leading Low Carbon Vehicle Showcase

Issue 83

A delegation of four members of the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) exhibited at Cenex-LCV, the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle event.

Advanced Adhesives, NTG Precision Engineers, Manosun and Sunderland City Council, exhibited alongside the NEAA and Supply Chain North East (SCNE).

SCNE delivered by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), is a unique partnership ERDF programme which funded the three companies, all of whom see low carbon vehicles as a market for growth potential.

Cenex-LVC is acknowledged as a key event for major stakeholders, manufacturers, supply chain representatives and officials from the UK government.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of Cenex-LCV and a return of international delegates for face-to-face meetings for the first time since 2019. It also marked a pivotal point for the UK innovation community as the global motor industry moves closer towards 2030 and 2050 targets.

Since December 2020 over £3.85bn of electrification investment has been announced for the North East. Two more gigafactories from Britishvolt and Envision AESC will take capacity to in excess of 70GWh and it’s estimated the UK will need a total of eight of larger gigafactories to meet future demand for batteries for EVs.

Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA, said: “Cenex-LCV allowed our delegation to demonstrate their own individual skills while, as a collective, they made a very powerful statement as to the unparalleled level of expertise, innovation and investment that can be found within the North East cluster, that puts it at the forefront of the move to vehicle electrification.

“The cluster is committed to zero emission driving and zero emission manufacturing and will play a major role in the delivery of the UK’s NetZero strategy. The cluster is growing and adapting quickly throughout the supply chain as the demand for EVs increases and this was a strong message delivered at Cenex-LCV.”

Andy Small, Technical Sales Engineer at NTG Precision Engineers, said: “NTG is a forward-thinking company and the manufacturing partner of choice for global OEM businesses. We have a long history of providing high precision components and tooling that operate in severe duty applications. With over 40 years of experience, we can utilise our engineering and manufacturing knowledge to support this growing sector and play our part in making the environment a better place. NTG is looking for strategic partnerships where we can align our values and take a product from protype to production.”

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