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Gestamp secures contract to supply new Mini parts
A NORTH-EAST car parts maker has carried out a £150,000 expansion and created new jobs after winning its first deal to work on the new Mini.
Bosses say the agreement, which runs until 2021, has allowed them to take on nine permanent workers, and are reviewing plans to take more temporary workers on full-time contracts.
Gestamp, which employs 196 people, has a sister plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, and designs and makes chassis and parts for Nissan, General Motors, and Jaguar Landrover.
The company is also understood to be making parts for Nissan's new Qashqai, which will be made the Japanese firm's Sunderland base.
The BMW and Nissan contracts start next month, and Mark Potts, Gestamp operations director, says turnover in 2015 could hit £37m.
He said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract because four years ago this company worked 100 per cent for Nissan.
“Now we have contracts with Nissan, General Motors, Jaguar Landrover and BMW.”
Sunderland City Council supported the company's extension.
Mr Potts said: “The council's business investment team understand the automotive sector globally and have worked alongside us as we’ve grown.”
Gestamp is a Spanish group of companies, with headquarters in Madrid, employing more than 33,000 workers at 120 global sites.
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