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Redcar's ElringKlinger GB drives forward factory expansion bid
12:21pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Business
A NORTH-EAST car parts manufacturer has set out ambitious plans to expand its factory to meet strong customer demand.
Following considerable investment in June, which saw the installation of a £1.5m four-part production line, ElringKlinger (GB) is set to invest a further £7m in a 4,000sqm extension to its plant on Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar. The firm is in the final stages of progressing its planning application.
Once approved, the move will give ElringKilinger space for new production lines required to support the company’s thriving order book, which will enable capacity for approximately 2.5 million underbody heat shields to be made every year.
Work is expected to begin on-site with immediate effect to ensure the new building is fully operational by early 2014, in time to mark the company’s 50th year on Teesside.
Ian Malcolm, the firm's managing director, said: “Our plans to invest in the expansion of our site reflect our current position as a major supplier to the global automotive industry – we are entering an exciting phase of our company’s history, so it is certainly timely that this milestone coincides with our 50th year of business on Teesside.”
Originally built in the 1990s, the existing building will be extended by about 50 per cent and will match the overall look and feel of the existing factory, remaining in-keeping with the business park’s surroundings.
Employing about 150 staff, ElringKlinger is already a major employer for the Redcar area, and this expansion will provide a considerable number of new jobs for people in the region.
Mr Malcolm: “The local community continues to be a huge part of our next stage of growth and we are 100 percent dedicated to providing jobs and training opportunities for local people.
“We are working closely with Redcar and Cleveland Council to process this application for expansion of the existing building that would allow ElringKlinger to continue to grow what is a successful business and provide ongoing local employment and a lasting legacy for the Redcar community.”
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