Auto parts maker Gestamp creates 130 new jobs amid boom in major automotive contracts
Northeastern auto parts maker Gestamp is creating 130 new jobs after securing four new contracts with major auto companies.
The Newton-based company Aycliffe, which specializes in chassis components, has invested in new machinery to support new agreements that include projects with Nissan, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
The company said the new projects will support jobs for years to come and will also lead to the creation of 130 new jobs at its Newton Aycliffe plant, which already employs more than 1,000 people.
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The agreements will also allow it to manufacture more than eight million parts over the next nine years.
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 all over Europe as well as to the UK, so this is 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.
“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 and contracts mark a return to dynamic business levels at the company, which was forced to layoffs last year due to the pandemic.
The group, which is headquartered in Madrid, announced in July 2020 that it was holding consultations with 59 affected staff members on the basis of the Aycliffe business park, following a drop in demand for its products during the coronavirus pandemic.
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. .
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It focuses on providing a world-class training and research center to support the operational and strategic objectives of Gestamp UK.
The original Aycliffe factory was established in 1948 by Roy Tallent and manufactured novelty items before the Colston family took over in 1955 and produced household appliances, paraffin heaters, steam 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.