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Business: Spotlight On

FOUNDATIONS: A digger breaks ground at the site of the new South Durham University Technical College. Pictured are MP Phil Wilson, UTC principal Tom Dower, Gestamp Tallent's David Pearson, Councillor Simon Henig, leader of Durham city Council, Gary Holmes

Engineering careers for the next generation

EXPERTISE: A worker oversees production of a part at GT Group, in Peterlee	Picture: TOM BANKS

GT Group: A global front runner in a specialised field

NSK Bearings Europe has been producing vehicle bearing products in Peterlee since 1976

The second coming of regional manufacturing

Phil Kite, Reece Group MD

Ambitious Reece engineers move to historic site

The field near Newton Aycliffe before Hitachi began building its manufacturing plant. Picture: Philip Hunton.

Rail boss wants to create a legacy of North-East engineering

PRODUCT: Ebac's Ian Hartnell packs one of the company's washing machines		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Ebac looking to clean up with white goods adventure

CAREER: Rachel Hoggett, who works in civil engineer Owen Pugh's aggregates division

Hardly the second-class career route...


New centre celebrates heroism of the Aycliffe Angels

County Durham's Altec engineers a bright future

County Durham's Altec engineers a bright future

MEDICATION: Workers in Quantum Pharma's aseptic area

Burnopfield medical firm precisely what doctor ordered

COMMITTED: Brian Manning, Esh Group chief executive

Building a brighter future

TEAM: Pictured from left to right are Beanies team members Vicky Cooper, Stephanie Stayman, James Robinson, Lee Hull and Andrew Fenner

Meet the coffee company that's full of beans

Stan Higgins, chief executive of NEPIC.

Stretching the horizons of Teesside industry

ATOMIC: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank director in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (30259363)

Ambitious Atom Bank approved as UK’s first digital-only lender

PLANS: An impression of Sirius' material handling site, on Teesside. The buildings, in the foreground, include crushing and milling, screening, granulating and storage areas. Pictured in the top right is Redcar steelworks, with Teesport to the far left

Decision time looms for Sirius' potash proposals

BASE: The vast warehouse at Zyro, in Darlington	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (28081666)

Cycling firm goes up through the gears

Awaiting caption.

Leading the fight against corporate espionage

VISIT: MP James Wharton, front, with from left to right, Martin Kendall, Vantec Europe's managing director, Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, and Paul Woolston, chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Building the Northern Powerhouse

The wind turbine can generate up to 60 per cent of ElringKilinger's renewable energy.

Recovery accelerates at Redcar car parts maker

LEADER: Matt Boyle, Sevcon's president and chief executive, pictured in a Renault Twizy

Electric engineer leading a new industrial revolution

Douglas Kell  CECA (NE) (24807825)

Four decades of building the North-East

FOCUS: Keith Miller, managing director at Ecco Finishing Supplies, in Middlesbrough, in front of some of its equipment

Joint venture is passport to uncharted waters

IN a speech last year George Osborne called for a return to Dad’s Army-style banking, championing Captain Mainwaring as a role model for lenders to emulate as a means of repairing their fractured relationship with customers.

Don't panic Captain Mainwaring, but banking is changing forever

Alastair Wilson

We ask North-East businesses - EU in or out?

A plasma cutter at IK UK

Pig maker is bringing home the bacon

Nissan production line. The automotive industry generates £7bn in sales for the North-East.

Driving a new revolution in North-East industry

HISTORY: Previous wind turbine transition pieces made by Bladt Industries

Turbine firm powering ahead on Teesside

POTASH: A worker stands next to refined potash in a silo store

Winds of change at Cleveland Potash

PROGRESS: Work continues on the £38m CPI National Biologics Centre, in Darlington.	Picture: ANDY LAMB (20116954)

CPI Darlington: Ingenuity at work

Worker Adam Moffat brings goods into the Nifco UK factory at Eaglescliffe. (19566759)

How Nifco became the poster boy for the rebirth of British manufacturing

ACTION: A shot from Epic’s forthcoming Fortnite game

Games company enjoys an epic journey

PRODUCTION LINE: Workers tend to parts on a Caterpillar truck	Picture: DAVID WOOD (17397291)

Truck company drives on to enhance global reputation

WINGING IT: The cast of Catch-22 perform in front of a full-scale model of a World War Two bomber. The plane transported by Darlington company Wicked, which helps production companies put on scores of shows across the UK

Transport firm enjoys a Wicked time in spotlight

All change in the supermarket industry

All change in the supermarket industry

NEW BASE: The Almit Group's site in the former Amdega conservatory making base, in Darlington  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (16309882)

Darlington firm puts finishing touches to expansion

PAST PRESIDENT: Former Teesside Chamber of Commerce president HWF Bolckow

200 years of supporting North-East business

DUKE VISIT: The Duke of Gloucester, second left, visits Subsea Innovation, in Darlington, to mark its official factory opening. He is joined by managing director Martin Moon, second right, and technician Mark Henry, far left

Review of the year sector by sector

GOING UP: The steel structure of the Hitachi train factory becomes more clear in May this year

You read it here first: how The Northern Echo business team broke the big stories of 2014

SMALL RETAIL: Nicola Reading, of Bliss Gifts, in Darlington

Are our High Streets really struggling?

FLYING HIGH: The CPI's cabin concept, showing panoramic views of the windowless aircraft and possible touchscreen and interactive entertainment offered by the wall and seatback displays.

A window into aviation future

GRAND OPENING: Tony Blair officially opens Netpark. Picture: Keith Taylor

Netpark - looking towards the next 10 years

FREEZER PARADE: Pamela Petty, managing director of Ebac, walks the production line with Lord Digby Jones at the opening ceremony.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

Manufacturing a better British future

NEW SKILLS: The event was a chance for young engineers of the future to see the wealth of prospective employers in the region

Annual event goes from strength to strength

Dated: 15/10/14
The steel industry on Teesside is one again under threat as Tata Steel sign a memorandum of understanding with a group led by billionaire US investor Gary Klesch, ahead of a possible sale of its Long Products Europe business. This picture

Economic recovery: are we all in this together?


The inside story of industry in a North-East prison

BUILDING HER CAREER: Rachel Hoggett, who has been appointed as the first female plant operator for construction company Owen Pugh

Breaking down the 'man's world'

A rare glimpse inside the De La Rue banknote factory in Gateshead

A licence to print money (but keep it quiet)

BRIGHT FUTURE: Andy Kay and his wife Rachel at their West Auckland-based business, AK Lighting and Signs

Lighting the way to a brighter future

Region's business stars head to London

Region's business stars head to London

GIANT PUZZLE: Steel castings made by Bonds

A company that knows what big means...

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