Nifco is Teesside's world-class automotive part manufacturer

Leading manufacturer is among the sponsors for the North East Business Awards.

The Nifco group is invested in people, property, technology and equipment to ensure that they design, develop and manufacture quality plastic components for the global Automotive Industry.

From the interior of a vehicle to the exterior, inclusive of the powertrain, Nifco UK has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in many product areas to deliver excellence in automotive plastics.

Whether it is the fasteners that you don’t see inside your car door, to the oil cap under your bonnet and the housing for the thermostat in your engine, you are highly likely to come into contact with a product manufactured by Nifco UK on Teesside during your daily travels.

It's this specialist knowledge which has seen Nifco UK sponsor the Manufacturing Award in this year's North East Business Awards, which are taking place on Thursday, September 23, in the Grand Marquee at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

Jim Casey, the lead and head of Nifco UK, said: "The category we are sponsoring is manufacturing, and obviously Nifco is a manufacturing company itself. Nifco have also been participants in the awards in recent years and have been winners - so we are a decent sized company, we are a significant part of the community and as part of our ambition to give back to the community this fits very well. "

Nifco UK operates from two state-of-the-art factories based in Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe and produce plastic automotive components. The site is home to one of the four Nifco Group global Research & Development Centres and the only European Centre.

The R&D facility has an in-house dedicated R&D team consisting of technical specialists, design and development engineers focusing on innovation and ingenuity to meet an ever-changing market.

Nifco UK is proud to be a 1st tier company with OEMs and are IATF16949, ISO45001, ISO50001, ISO14001 accredited as well as Ford Q1, Renault Nissan ASES Grade B and Jaguar Land Rover JLRQ.

Alongside this, Nifco UK are members of NECC, NEAA, SMMT, British Safety Council (awarded the Sword of Honour twice) and are also an Investors in People organisation, which is good for recruitment.

Much of the company's recent growth has been attributed to the development and manufacture of traditional powertrain products, and by working collaboratively with automotive customers. Also credited for its growth is Nifco UK's ability to diversify into the manufacture of products for Electric Vehicles, the business is capitalising on the opportunities that are arising from the phasing out of solely petrol or diesel powered vehicles, securing its growth long into the future.

Nifco UK says it is in a prime position to capitalise on the electric vehicle revolution, with the North East region being home to Envision AESC (the UK’s first Gigafactory), HYVE (part of Hyperdrive Innovation) and the newly announced Britishvolt, one of the UK’s largest ever industrial investments.

It's all part of the forward-thinking ethos of the company, which has been at the heart of manufacturing in the region for decades. Nifco UK, formally known as Elta Plastics Limited, was established in 1967 on a site at Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees.

Elta Plastics was acquired by Nifco Inc. in 1990, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the group. This was a key moment in the recent history of the company and the support of its Japanese parent company has enabled the business to grow into one of Teesside’s largest employers.

In December 2011, Nifco UK took ownership of a new state of the art factory based in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees. The new plant allowed Nifco to further increase capacity, explore new markets and secure the long-term future of Nifco in Stockton.

After less than a year in the new factory, it became apparent that the rate of growth Nifco was experiencing was going to require a second factory. Nifco opened its Factory 2 on the same site on Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe in 2014. This was part of a £14 million investment, which included the first R&D facility for the Nifco Group outside of Japan and further machinery to equip the expansion.

Alongside its award-winner status - there have been accolades from the North East Business Awards, the British Safety Council and Investors In People - Nifco UK is also very much part of its community, which includes fundraising every Christmas and monies distributed to local charities.

"There's a lot of things I'm proud of," said Mr Casey.

"But I think the main thing I'm proud of is the talent that exists in the company and the 'can do' attitude."