Business & Invest | Published on: 13th March 2023
Two of the region’s major clean energy projects were the focus of Tees Engineering Network’s latest event, hailed as the “best ever” by organisers.
More than 100 delegates turned out for the event, hosted by leading Middlesbrough logistics firm AV Dawson and the Port of Middlesbrough, to learn about supply chain opportunities for the key schemes.
David Jack, Seah Wind Ltd’s Global Sales Manager, was on hand to share all the opportunities springing from the firm’s £450million offshore wind turbine monopile production facility, currently under construction at Teesworks.
The project, on 90 acres of land on the South Bank area of the site, is gathering pace and will create around 1,500 indirect jobs during construction and more in the supply chain as it produces between 100 to 200 monopiles per year. These will be transported directly from the factory to the under-development South Bank Quay before heading to the North Sea for installation.
Aimee Hill, Head of Supply Chain at Green Lithium also gave a presentation to the business community about how they can get involved with the UK’s first large-scale lithium refinery, set to be built in the region.
The facility will have a carbon footprint 80% lower than traditional processes as it refines the material – a vital component in electric car battery manufacturing. It will create more than 1,000 jobs during its three-year construction phase.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston and Charlie Nettle, AV Dawson’s Managing Director, were also on hand to address delegates on the day, with the latter providing a reminder of the site’s rich heritage of engineering, from the place that “built the world”.
Tees Engineering Network is spearheaded by Jamie Brown, CEO of Francis Brown Ltd, Rob Johnson, Director of Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd and Sharon Lane, Managing Director of Tees Components.
Jamie Brown said: “We’ve had successful events in the past, but this was the best ever in terms of turnout, in terms of engagement and the scale and scope of the opportunities on offer for our engineering sector.
“These are two of the biggest projects currently under way in our area and it was great to hear all the ways in which our businesses can play a part in their development.
“We’ll continue to champion our world-class engineers and show that these firms, and others basing themselves here, need to look no further for the skills and expertise that they need – they are right on their doorstep.”
David Jack said: “SeAH Wind are laying down long term roots in Teesside, we have opened a new office in January right here in Middlesbrough, recruitment of key talent continues with majority of the roles for people in Teesside and the surrounding areas, as well as attracting top talent globally to relocate and develop their careers right here in Teesside.
“This is vindication that SeAH Wind has selected the best location in the UK for our Monopile factory. Seeing the fantastic plans from Green Lithium who will be nearby neighbours, along with the support of the local community, suppliers, and companies who attended the TEN event gives me even more confidence that the South Bank, and the River Tees is the home of the UK’s green manufacturing revolution.”
Aimee Hill said: “Green Lithium is delighted to be based on Teesside and helping the local economy with jobs and supply chain support opportunities.”
The network was set up in 2013 to support the region’s engineering supply chain by keeping businesses informed of new opportunities and provide a forum for networking, with support from the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our incredibly strong engineering sector and supply chain is second to none and it’s great to see our national and international investors recognising this and working with TEN to put our brilliant local businesses and workers at the front of the queue.
“These aren’t pie in the sky opportunities – they are services and roles that need filling right here, right now. It shows how, even before these transformative projects are up and running, they’re making a real impact across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.”
The popular business breakfasts typically see scores of representatives from the region’s engineering companies turn out to network and learn about new opportunities in the sector. Previous speakers have included the likes of Teesside International Airport, global petrochemical manufacturer SABIC, engine manufacturer Cummins and research and development organisations such as the Materials Processing Institute.
To find out more about the Tees Engineering Network and to keep up to date with future events, visit www.tees-engineering-network.co.uk
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