September 1, 2018
Following the success of last year’s engineering and manufacturing expo event – which was the last under the previous Durham Oktoberfest moniker before organisers embarked on a major identity rebrand to EMCON – companies large and small have snapped up stands, enabling them to market themselves to potential new customers.
This year, EMCON has been boosted by the announcement that international rail giant Stadler Rail UK is coming on board as the inaugural headline sponsor, after it exhibited for the first time in 2017, while Jackson Hogg Recruitment is the new delivery partner.
That, alongside long-term supporter Business Durham, which maintain their gold level sponsorship, puts the event in a strong position to grow and attract an even bigger audience of regional and national firms.
David Land is chairman of CDEMN, which organises EMCON. He says: “Securing Stadler as our headline sponsor and Jackson Hogg as our delivery partner is a real coup and demonstrates just how much the event has grown since launching in 2008.
“As we approach the event, there’s been a real upsurge in bookings as companies from the North East and beyond book their stands, while there are only a few places left on the second Incubator Zone programme.”
The Incubator Zone, which launched at last year’s event and is aimed at County Durham SMEs who have never before exhibited at EMCON, has attracted a diverse range of participants.
The companies include Bishop Auckland-based family-owned precision engineering firm Body Engineering; Ashgarth Engineering from Consett; award-winning business coach Gil Devlin from Consett, who works with businesses to help them get the most from their workforce and maximise growth; and training and business support company NCG Solutions from Crook, which specifically works with companies from the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Also signed up are Newton Aycliffe-based manufacturer Accurate Labelling Systems; Durham-based business solutions company SystemEightyEight and specialist security and risk management company Millbank Solutions; and Beacon 365 from Newton Aycliffe.
Niall Ash from Ashgarth Engineering reflects: “The programme was recommended to me and I felt it really fit with our aims for growth. We want to show people who Ashgarth Engineering is and what we offer our clients, and see the EMCON event as the perfect way for us to achieve this.”
Ben Gilhespy, operations director at CDEMN, adds: “The Incubator Zone was a huge draw last year and already the level of interest we’ve seen is huge. Word has certainly spread among the engineering and manufacturing communities that this is the ideal opportunity for firms to meet potential new suppliers and ultimately win work.”
Brian Archer, managing director of Business Durham, says: “EMCON is a proven platform for business growth and is one of the major engineering and manufacturing sector highlights.
“The event plays an important part in the continued growth of these key sectors, enabling companies to showcase their services to some of the biggest companies in the region and beyond, and in many cases secure new contracts which otherwise would not have been possible.
“We are therefore delighted to be in a position to commit our continued support to the event.”