Durham Oktoberfest hailed a huge success

The biggest Durham Oktoberfest engineering and manufacturing show yet has been hailed a huge success, creating significant business opportunities

Coun Neil Foster, Pamela Petty and Darren Race
Coun Neil Foster, Pamela Petty and Darren Race

The biggest Durham Oktoberfest engineering and manufacturing show yet has been hailed a huge success, creating significant business opportunities.

The sixth annual event attracted higher visitor numbers than ever before to the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe, where innovation and export were buzz words for the day.

Darren Race, managing director of e4 Learning Solutions and chairman of both South Durham Business Network and South Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Forum, said: “The number of stands was at maximum capacity, but this has not just been about size, but about quality.

“Many extremely good connections have been made between buyers and suppliers – a lot of existing business relationships have been renewed and a lot of new ones forged. The main was Pamela Petty, managing director of Aycliffe Industrial Park manufacturer Ebac.

She said: “Amongst the exhibitors here are some wonderful examples from the regions of things we can make. Fabrication, processing, assembly, machining, moulding, crafting – the list is endless.”

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