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Celebrating the region’s automotive sector stars

The latest North East Automotive Alliance Awards shone a spotlight on the businesses and individuals driving great progress across the region and beyond. Here, North East Times Magazine highlights category winners and how their successes are set to inspire the next generation.

The North East Automotive Alliance Awards 2024 celebrated future talent, inspirational leaders and the forward-thinking businesses cementing their position within the automotive industry.

Organised by North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), the UK’s fastest-growing automotive cluster, the awards were held at Ramside Hall Hotel, in Durham, in late March, and hosted by national journalist and skills campaigner Charlie Charlton.

The event brought together nearly 300 attendees and raised £16,500 for future talent. Winning companies must make their award donations to schools throughout the North East, in an effort to increase STEM engagement and awareness of automotive careers, as well as the wider advanced manufacturing sector.

Since the launch of the awards in 2018, more than £76,000 has been made available to support local talent via STEM programmes in schools.

On the night, Vantec Europe scooped £4000 across two award categories, which will go to Washington Academy. CMYK Digital Solutions will share its £2000 across two schools – Warley Primary School and Bill Quay Primary School – which have both qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship, in Dallas.

The award winners were:

Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award, sponsored by Gateshead College

• Megan Gorman – Unipres (UK)

Limited Graduate Award, sponsored by Marelli

• Nathan Tshibuyi – Nissan Motor Manufacturing

UK Innovation Award, sponsored by Newcastle University

• Multinational – Komatsu UK Limited

• Highly commended – Marelli

SME – Charpak Limited

Digital Transformation Award, sponsored by NA College

• Vantec Europe

Limited Environmental and Sustainability Award, sponsored by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

• Multinational – Lear Sunderland

• SME – Houghton International

Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Invest South Tyneside

• Faltec Europe Limited

SME of the Year Award, sponsored by North East Institute of Technology

• CMYK Digital Solutions Limited

Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Sunderland City Council

• Martin Kendall, Vantec Europe managing director.

A drinks reception was sponsored by Smart Manufacturing Solutions and SMS Technology, with Horizon Works sponsoring the awards brochure.


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May 9, 2024

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