TR's Chris Black will speak at NEAA’s Automotive Export Week

Chris Black, Global Sales Director for Automotive Business Development at TR Fastenings, will speak at NEAA’s Automotive Export week which will take place from 14 August to 18 September 2020.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Black is the industrial lead for the NEAA’s trade working group. He will discuss how TR has developed its automotive customer base on three continents and how they will continue to invest and expands in North America, Europe and Asia.

Black said, “We’re continuing to invest in our manufacturing sites and innovation centres to support our automotive customers’ needs, in particular to partner with the growing number of niche and start-up electric vehicle manufacturers.”

“As a full service provider to the automotive industry, TR is adept at reducing the cost of engineering projects through our teams working hand in hand with our customers to develop the right solution for them, from design through to production.”, he continues.

“Our experience of developing first class supply chains and providing cost benefits to customers can act as an example to other businesses and help them tackle the challenge of growing overseas.”

The virtual event will invite businesses to explore key automotive markets whilst seeking support from market specialists, building contracts and meeting potential customers by marketing their products and services.

Paul Butler, CEO, North East Automotive Alliance, said, “Automotive Export Week creates the ideal opportunity for businesses to expand their sector knowledge and raise their company profile with a view to boosting sales overseas and speaking directly to specialist trade advisors.”

Furthermore, Lawrence Davies MBE, automotive sector team, DIT said, “This event will bring together automotive country specialists from within the Department for International Trade and other supporting organisations and companies from across the North East and the UK. Companies at all stages of export will benefit from this amazing opportunity.”

THE NEAA will work with Supply Chain North East and the Department for International Trade (DIT) to organise the week. It will feature more than 40 events in total, including country briefings, interactive panel discussions and workshops.

For more information and to sign up for the virtual Automotive Export Week, visit  

In July 2020, TR Fastenings invested in its sheet metal range to accelerate the growth of this product portfolio.