A UK trade body has chosen Tees Valley to hold its first ever event in the North East.
With the support of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Composites UK is staging a road show for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – supporting Composites Industry Growth in the UK – at the Materials Processing Institute (MPI), Middlesbrough, on June 28.
Composites UK is a trade organisation actively promoting the use of composites to the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector.
Delegates will benefit from an update on trends and opportunities in the composites market and the support available to SMEs from organisations such as Tees Valley Business Compass, the Department for International Trade and Innovate Tees Valley.
Companies, including Stockton-based Nifco, a leading advanced automotive components manufacturing business, and Millfield Composites, of Hartlepool, which has more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing component parts and serves sectors including construction, transport, renewable energy and marine, will provide expert advice.
The road show, which is being held in partnership with the National Composites Centre, will feature stakeholders including TWI and Teesside University, which will outline their composites knowledge in areas such as automotive, rail, construction and marine.
The briefing will showcase the financial and business services available in the North East and will include case studies from local companies highlighting how they have used support and/or collaboration to further their products, technology and customer base.
Paul Booth, chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Attracting the first North East Composites UK Road Show to Tees Valley is a real coup for the area, which has a wealth of expertise in this industrial field.
“Our region is home to a number of companies that already supply or have the potential to supply the composite market, both nationally and internationally.
“The event will provide a wide range of expert information for SMEs to help them achieve their full potential in this arena as well as offering extensive networking opportunities.”
Chris McDonald, MPI Chief Executive, said: “One of MPI’s roles is to help businesses share best practice and market intelligence to help companies from leading industrial sectors across the region grow and develop, which is why we are delighted to be helping host this keynote event.”
To book a place at the roadshow companies should register at https://compositesuk.co.uk/events/sme-roadshow-north-east