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The 20 British firms are heading to the Japanese Society of Automotive Engineers Annual Congress in Pacifico, Yokohama (JSAE 2016) as part of a UK Pavilion backed by Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

The pavilion showcases a diverse range of low carbon technology, including Hyperdrive Innovation’s market-leading lithium-ion battery packs for automotive, industrial and off-highway applications.

It is backed by the North East Automotive Alliance, of which Hyperdrive is a member, the Niche Vehicle Network, and Make it Sunderland.

Hyperdrive’s involvement in the Japan trade mission comes as it celebrates more than £3 million of investment in the business and prepares to launch new 12V and 48V battery technologies on the automotive market.

Stephen Irish, Hyperdrive managing director and co-founder, says: “Taking part in JSAE 2016 will help us cement our burgeoning reputation as a supplier of cutting-edge lithium-ion battery technology.

“It will allow us to develop new relationships with the Japanese automotive sector – and strengthen existing ties.”

The Japan mission is just the first in a series of important events for Hyperdrive in 2016, including Automechanika in June, the Cenex LCV show, and the Electric and Hybrid Industrial Vehicle Technology 2016 Symposium in Cologne in November.

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Hyperdrive Innovation received support from RTC North, which helped secure an ERDF grant from the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 towards the project.