Redcar car parts maker ElringKlinger says it will create 20 new jobs after securing a £5m contract with motor giant Ford.
The Kirkleatham-based firm was selected by Ford to begin production for two new components for the car brand’s latest engines.
The contract worth approximately £5 million will create up to 20 new vacancies for machine operators at the Redcar facility.
Having worked with Ford for over 30 years, ElringKlinger has invested almost £1.5m into its latest project that will commence next year and continue over six years.
The project will involve ElringKlinger, which already employs more than 300 people at its Teesside site, manufacturing and supplying catalyst and exhaust heat shields for new Ford engines, which has meant investing in specialist equipment including FORD Fox Hexagon Rivnut Machine and FORD 400ton Automatic Press with Kula Robots.
The firm’s managing director Ian Malcolm said: “We have worked with Ford for many years and have a strong working relationship with the team.
“This project is a great opportunity for the profile of both ElringKlinger and the wider North East, and will certainly see an exciting six years ahead once it comes into fruition in 2018.
“There has been significant investment in the plant to help us develop and manufacture components now in demand, whilst staying ahead of the competition.
“With new equipment comes the requirement for ongoing support and training for our workforce, which is at the heart of our operation to ensure we meet the high standards set and retain our reputation in the industry.”
ElringKlinger is experiencing a period of growth which saw product sales total £21m in 2016, with this figure on course to increase by 50% in 2017 thanks to existing contracts with some of the biggest names in the industry alongside Ford, such as Jaguar Land Rover.