Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited Kirkleatham-based auto-parts manufacturer ElringKlinger (GB) to recognise the firm’s success in bringing major contracts, investment and jobs to the region.
The company, which is a subsidiary of billion pound German multinational ElringKlinger AG, attracted a £12 million contract from Jaguar Land Rover earlier in 2017. This was followed by an announcement that it would invest £250,000 in its tool room and take on an additional 30 employees, to help the firm meet its ambitious 50% growth target.
ElringKlinger is part of Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Careers and Enterprise Advisor Network and employs more than 300 people in the region. It runs an apprenticeship programme in partnership with Middlesbrough College, from which apprentices make up around a tenth of its workforce, and works with Teesside and Northumbria universities to provide student placements.
During his visit, Mr Houchen took a tour of the ElringKlinger factory at Kirkleatham Industrial Estate to get hands-on experience of its production process, met employees, and presented management with his plan for Tees Valley.
Mr Houchen said: “ElringKlinger’s continued success in Redcar is a great example of what multinational businesses can gain by basing their UK operations in Tees Valley. Our people have the skills, ingenuity and work ethic that blue chip companies are looking for, and as a region we have the space to accommodate them.”
“ElringKlinger’s work with apprentices is admirable and they make up an impressive proportion of their workforce. I know the firm’s management share my view that industry and schools need to work together to provide young people leaving education with the right skills and attitude for industry.”
Ian Malcolm, managing director of ElringKlinger (GB), said: “It’s an honour to have the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visit us at our Redcar facility to recognise the hard work of our employees and the integral role we play in the success of the region’s industrial sector.
“We place an emphasis on securing the best future talent and supporting the wider manufacturing industry in Teesside through investing in our successful apprenticeship programme. It’s great to receive the appreciation of Mr Houchen for the work we are doing with ambitious young people in the region.
“ElringKlinger (GB) is going from strength to strength as we begin work on our most recent contract with Ford UK, which will result in an increase in job opportunities with us as part of our long-term business development strategy.”