130 jobs created at auto parts maker Newton Aycliffe Gestamp as deals arrive



About 130 new jobs are being created at County Durham auto parts maker Gestamp as a result of a series of new offers.

The Newton-based company Aycliffe, which manufactures chassis components, has invested in new machinery to support four new contracts, including long-term projects with Nissan, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover, which will support jobs for years to come. to come.

The company said the new projects would create 130 new jobs at its Newton Aycliffe plant, which already employs more than 1,000 people, and will also manufacture more than eight million parts over the next nine years.

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Jonathan Phillips, Gestamp Aycliffe Plant Manager, said: “We are delighted to win these new contracts which involve the introduction of new production and new facilities at our Aycliffe plant.

“A lot of the components of these contracts will be exported across Europe as well as across the UK, so that’s great news for the local economy here in the North East.

“The JLR contract, producing aluminum sub-frames for the Range Rover, will involve heavy, multi-axis machining content using the latest technology, including robotic welding.

Jonathan Phillips, Gestamp Aycliffe Plant Manager, with some of the new machines his company has invested in at its Aycliffe Business Park facilities

“The Nissan and BMW projects will involve robotic welding, hydraulic drilling and cold metal transfer welding, and we have invested significantly in equipment and training to adapt to these new products.

“The automotive industry is at a crossroads where the work done today is helping to shape the cleaner and safer mobility of tomorrow. It is indeed an exciting challenge.

The new jobs mark a return to normal business levels at the company, which was forced to lay off last year due to the pandemic.

The group, which is headquartered in Madrid, announced in July 2020 that it was conducting consultations with 59 affected staff members at the Aycliffe Business Park base, following a drop in demand for its products during the pandemic. of coronavirus.

More recently, however, Gestamp announced an investment in its local Tallent Academy, to support and improve the training of its employees. The investment will include research and development capabilities, robotic cells, specialized welding stations, tooling facilities, medical space, physiotherapy rooms, counseling rooms and an “R&R” wellness area. .

It focuses on providing a world-class training and research center to support the operational and strategic objectives of Gestamp UK.

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The original Aycliffe factory was established in 1948 by Roy Tallent and manufactured novelty items before the Colston family took possession of it in 1955 and produced household appliances, paraffin heaters, steaming machines. washing, hobs, microwaves and gas fireplaces.

Gestamp’s Aycliffe site is one of more than 100 sites in 24 countries, as well as 13 R&D centers and a workforce of over 40,000 employees worldwide.

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