SOUTH Tyneside’s new International Advanced Manufacturing Park has received its first foreign dignitary.
Taiwanese ambassador Dr Liu Chih-Kung visited the site, near Sunderland’s Nissan plant, as part of a three-day visit to the North East to promote mutual trade opportunities.
South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council are developing the new manufacturing park together as part of their City Deal agreement.
The 100-hectare park, which will house automotive, offshore and other advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses, is expected to attract £295m of private sector investment and create about 5,200 new jobs initially.
Chief executive of South Tyneside Council Martin Swales, who accompanied the ambassador on his visit to the site, said: “His visit is an opportunity to strengthen links between Taiwan and the North East and promote the A19 economic corridor as a location for inward investment.
“The manufacturing sector has been the key driving force behind Taiwan’s economic development so we were particularly keen to talk Dr Chih-Kung about our plans for the IAMP.”
The IAMP is expected to be completed by 2027.
During his visit, the ambassador also toured strategic sites in South Tyneside, including South Shields’ seafront and promenade; housing developments including carbon negative Sinclair Meadows; business centre One Trinity Green and local businesses Siemens and J Barbour and Son.