Just weeks after announcing Swiss manufacturing company Stadler Rail UK as its first headline sponsor, EMCON is delighted to confirm Business Durham as a long-term supporter.

The business support organisation was the manufacturing and engineering expo’s very first sponsor when the event launched in 2008.

And now the EMCON team can confirm that Business Durham has committed to sponsoring the event for the foreseeable future and supporting its continued growth.

David Land, Chairman of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) which organises EMCON, said: “It’s been a huge couple of months for our event since we announced the rebrand to EMCON.

“The growth of EMCON is down in large part to the support we’ve had year on year from Business Durham and we see them as being a key driver of our continued success over the years to come, so to have them confirm their long-term support as sponsorship is fantastic news.

“With Business Durham once again on board, and the additional support we’re getting from Stadler Rail UK and Jackson Hogg, who we recently announced were joining the team as delivery partner, we’re confident 2018 will be our best yet.”

EMCON returns to the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday, October 18. For updates, or to book as an exhibitor, visit emcon.show.

Brian Archer is Managing Director of Business Durham. He said: “EMCON is a proven platform to business growth and is one of the major engineering and manufacturing sector highlights.

“The event plays an important part in the continued growth of these key sectors, enabling companies to showcase their services to some of the biggest companies in the region and beyond, and in many cases secure new contracts which otherwise would not have been possible.

“We are therefore delighted to be in a position to commit our continued support to the event.”

The 2018 event will also see the return of the Incubator Zone, which is taking place for the second time and is aimed specifically at County Durham micro and small businesses that have never exhibited before but want to tap into new markets. It is being delivered by LEC Communications and Design working with the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding.

Other elements include an Education Zone for young engineers to meet regional employers; themed workshops on issues that impact on businesses; and a Q&A session with a panel of industry experts.

On the evening of EMCON, Insider Media is once again holding its Made in the North East awards at Redworth Hall. For more information visit insidermedia.com.