Royal approval for Redcar car parts maker

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His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, paid a visit to Redcar-based automotive parts manufacturer ElringKlinger to view the facilities, meet employees and apprentices and hear how the company is creating education opportunities on Teesside.

Prince Charles met newly-appointed staff who were taken on by one of Redcar’s major employers following the recent closure of the SSI Steelworks and job losses at Boulby Potash.

His Royal Highness enjoyed a tour of the 41,000sq ft factory site extension which was completed in 2014, marking the final stage of the company’s 50th year on Teesside.

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The original 100,000sq ft factory was extended to increase ElringKlinger’s overall production by 50% to cater for rising product demand for its specialty gaskets and shielding technology.

The tour included the recently installed Hidromode Press Cell, used for manufacturing underbody heatshields; the Platine Line and NEFF Press, an automation of engine bay heatshield production; and the Servo Press, which is the latest technology for gasket production

A group of apprentices were also on hand to meet with The Prince of Wales in one of ElringKlinger’s training rooms, to discuss their experiences and roles within the business.

His Royal Highness also visited the site’s single wind turbine, which was installed in 2014 and currently generates 55 percent of the 140,000 sq ft site’s own renewable energy, which is being used to power the company’s facilities.

The firm’s managing director Ian Malcolm said: “It was an incredible honour to have His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales visit us here in Redcar and all of us will remember it for years to come.

“We are very proud of our team and our facilities and to be able to showcase this to such a prestigious guest was an absolute pleasure.”

“His Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of another important year for ElringKlinger (GB).

“Skills and training investment continues to be at the top of our agenda and our recently launched training strategy, which aims to upskill the whole workforce over the next three years is testament to this.

“We are also investing up to £780,000 in providing the skills required to meet the changing needs of the company.”

His Royal Highness also visited the site’s single wind turbine, which was installed in 2014 and currently generates 55 percent of the 140,000 sq ft site’s own renewable energy, which is being used to power the company’s facilities.

The tour concluded with the signing of the visitor’s book and the unveiling of a plaque on the factory floor to commemorate His Royal Highness’ visit.

Malcolm added: “It was an incredible honour and all of us will remember it for years to come.

“We are very proud of our team and our facilities and to be able to showcase this to such a prestigious guest was an absolute pleasure.

“At present we employ over 270 staff locally and this number continues to rise, with growth over the next five years forecasted to double the size of the business.”

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