North East manufacturers will be able to gain an insight into how local businessman Vic Young has built up a successful, award winning business, using innovation and technology to be at the cutting edge of his industry.

Vic Young will be speaking at the next monthly meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF), on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at One Trinity Green in South Shields.

Vic Young is a long standing member of the AMF which was established by the private sector to offer a single voice on behalf of the manufacturing community. The AMF is now the largest manufacturing forum in the North East, engaging with members and the wider business community to exchange ideas and knowledge to create business growth and success opportunities within the manufacturing industry.

Vic will be sharing his knowledge and expertise of working in the vehicle conversions and electric market. Over the years the firm has developed a wide range of bespoke vehicles, of which many are the first of their kind in the UK. Examples include a mobile cocktail van, an electric oven van, minibuses for the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team, rescue vehicles, health service vehicles and vehicles converted for the manufacturing industry. Clients include Calsonic Kansei, Faltec Europe, Gestamp, Harle Peel Gas Bottled Supplies and Newarc.

In 2015, the firm launched EVE (Electric Vehicle Evolution), based on the Nissan e-NV200 Combi. A fully electric vehicle, EVE was developed so that wheelchair users can access the vehicle with ease, via the vehicle’s ramp system, which has been specifically designed by the group’s conversion division.

Vic Young, Managing Director at Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd, said: “The automotive industry is driven by innovation and rapid advances in technology and we have first-hand experience of seeing the effect of these changes on manufacturing, products and driver experiences.

“The AMF is playing a key role in supporting the North East’s manufacturing sector and providing a voice for the industry and I am therefore delighted to be sharing my company’s experiences with members and attendees and helping to spark new ideas and opportunities.”

Jack Hanwell, Manufacturing Sector Development Manager at AMF added “AMF is extremely pleased to welcome Vic Young as a speaker at our October meeting. As one of South Tyneside’s most successful businessmen in his field, AMF’s members will undoubtedly learn a lot from his vast experience, particularly how his innovative approach has worked in their production of electric vehicles and bespoke automotive conversions.”

There will also be a representative from the Association of Colleges who will be discussing the changes to the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017.

The event, which is free to attend, will be held at One Trinity Green, South Shields 12-2pm Wednesday 19 October 2016, and is open to all manufacturing companies in the North East.

For more information or to sign up for the event visit the AMF Website or call them on 0191 481 3480.