Hitachi is celebrating a milestone in the building of its rail vehicle manufacturing plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.
The facility is expected to be finished in a year's time.
Today's (May 29) ceremony marked the erection of a steel frame on the site.
The plant will service as Hitachi's main European facility for train manufacturing and assembly.
The company chose the Newton Aycliffe site out of 42 contenders because of its transport links and skills in the local workforce.
Hitachi says it represents an £82 million investment in the region.
More top news
Fans from New Zealand, Tonga, Scotland and Samoa will descend on Newcastle for matches at St James' Park
Can the Pacific Island nation defy the odds at England 2015?
MPs claim 240 people, who thought they were being kept on at a former steel works, were sent home in the middle of their shifts.