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TR Fastenings among speakers at inaugural NEAA automotive conference

TR Fastenings (TR), the global specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial fastenings, is one of a number of esteemed national companies speaking at the Future of Automotive conference on 27th June in Durham. 

The event is the first ever automotive conference to be organised by the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), the UK’s largest automotive business cluster, of which TR is a member. The conference will be held at Ramside Hall Hotel and its speaker line-up features senior figures from organisations including Innovate UK, Department for International Trade and Siemens, as well as TR.

Chris Black, TR’s Global Sales Director of Automotive Business Development, will speak at the conference about automotive trends, the role of the North East in the industry’s growth and development and the specific role that TR Fastenings plays as a key supplier to automotive Tier 1s and OEMs.

The North East is globally renowned as a centre of excellence for automotive manufacturing, producing 30% of all UK passenger vehicles and is a significant contributor to the regional economy, generating over £11bn of sales. The region is home to leading global automotive companies, such as Nissan, Komatsu, Cummins, Adient, Borg Warner, Calsonic Kansei, Elring Klinger, Faltec, Gestamp, Kasai, Lear, Nifco, Novares, SNOP, Unipres and ZF TRW. Despite near-term challenges around the transition to electrification, the sector is expected to grow to £14 bn over the next three years. (Source: NEAA).

TR has worked closely with the NEAA for a number of years, regularly speaking at events and participating in the successful annual exhibition, which is now entering its fifth year.

Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA says of the conference: “We are delighted to introduce the future of automotive conference to the region. It is in the North East’s best interests that we are fully informed and prepared for the future opportunities that will come out of the automotive sector.”

TR’s Chris Black adds “It’s a pleasure to be asked to speak at the NEAA’s first ever automotive conference. The North East is home to such a successful network of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and organisations, and the NEAA does a great job of bringing these businesses together to share knowledge and create opportunities.”


The conference is expected to host over 100 delegates at the Ramside Hall Hotel on Thursday 27th June 2019. Tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite


For more information or to request a press pack, contact TR Marketing: marketing@trfastenings.com​