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December Monthly Meeting


This week AMF hosted its December monthly forum event at One Trinity Green with special guest speakers from Newcastle International Airport and the Port of Tyne.

As usual our meeting began with a half an hour sign in period so that our members could network with one another and have a spot of lunch before the presentations began.

The chairman of AMF, Ian Fawdon, kicked things off by providing a look back at what had the big changes and successes were for us in 2014 as well as a look ahead into early 2015. That was quickly followed up by our regular "Manufacturer"s Round-Up" where the manufacturing members and guests give a summary of their company and how it has been performing recently.

Our first speaker was Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, who spoke about the airport"s current plans for developing the departure lounge further, went into more detail about the international links the airport has and may have in future, their current performance and provided information about the New York route scheduled for May.

The Second speaker we had was Den Barrington, Commerical Manager at the Port of Tyne. For his presentation we told the attendees about what the Port of Tyne can provide in terms of business links and shipping, their upcoming work with Hitachi and shed some light on the A1/A19 improvements and how those could benefit our local manufacturers or make it easier to do business with those further away.


This meeting was also a first for our forum as it was the first one that was "live tweeted" during the event to promote and demonstrate what usually occurs. You can find our twitter feed and see what our apprentice posted by looking for @AMFNorthEast.

All in all, the AMF team were delighted to see that everyone that attended took full advantage of the second networking session afterwards and would like to extend our thanks to both Chris and Den for agreeing to come and speak.

Chris Sanders and Den Barrington

Pictured - Chris Sanders (Left) and Den Barrington.



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