North East manufacturers have posted strong results for the past year with many company products in high demand.
Exports from the region continue to increase despite the slowdown in the world's economy, with some companies now focusing on exports to compensate for a weak UK market. It was reported last week that the country's manufacturing sector was struggling however, in the North East, companies recorded positive results.
Nissan Sunderland was one of the major winners as it broke UK production records after building 480,485 vehicles in 2011, 14 per cent higher than the previous year's output.
James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, told the Journal: "With a huge amount of uncertainty surrounding the global economy at the turn of the year, it is no surprise to see this reflected in most businesses in the final quarter of 2011. The continued excellent performance of the region's manufacturers and exporters perhaps demonstrates why the North East is growing."