Engineering firm bosses from across Tees Valley have learned of supply chain opportunities at a major regional business breakfast.
Senior figures from ORE Catapult and Venator were keynote speakers at the event, held by the Tees Engineering Network (TEN) at Hartlepool Yacht Club and was sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.
More than 100 representatives from local firms attended the business breakfast to network with key decision-makers and hear how they can engage with some of the biggest projects across the region.
ORE Catapult, the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, outlined the potential for the sector over the next decade. It has supported more than 400 SMEs as it looks to accelerate the creation and growth of UK companies in the sector.
Chemicals firm Venator, a global leader in innovative pigment and performance additives, spends £13million a year on projects. It utilises local suppliers where possible, citing the Tees Valley supply chain’s experience in supporting the process industry as a major factor.
Tees Engineering 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. It is led by Francis Brown Ltd, Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd, Industrial & Marine Hydraulics Ltd and Nortech with support from Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Stewart Brennan from Venator said: “Venator operates 24 facilities worldwide, employing 4,300 people. Our global headquarters are located at Wynyard and our UK manufacturing base is at Greatham. This shows the confidence we have in the region to support our operations, which is largely due to the fantastic supply chain we have on our doorstep.”
Alex Neumann, Asset and Business Development Manager from ORE Catapult said: “It’s great to be able to come to an event like this, to showcase what we do to the Tees Valley supply chain. There are some really great companies here and the fact that so many people turned out today just shows the strength of the engineering sector in the region.”
Rob Johnson, Director & Principal Mechanical Engineer of Axiom Engineering and one of the founding members of TEN, said: “TEN continues to go from strength to strength with this visit to Hartlepool being the first of our 2019 events. Maintaining momentum from last year's sell-out event in Darlington, more and more businesses recognise the value of our events as we aim to ensure local supply chains are fully informed of the opportunities available to them. We believe that this forum is vital to the growth of the Tees Valley area and welcome the insight and aspirations of major businesses such as Catapult and Venator.”
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.