Royal CBE honour for Gestamp chairman Riberas

The chairman of a major North East employer has received a CBE for services to the British automotive sector.

Gestamp executive chairman Francisco J. Riberas Mera received his honour from Hugh Elliott, UK Ambassador in Spain, during an event at the British Embassy in Madrid.

The company, which began operations in 2012, employs around 2,000 people at its three sites.

Newton Aycliffe, in County Durham, is the largest of the production plants with around 1,200 workers, which also has an R&D centre, one of the 13 that Gestamp has around the world.

In his acceptance speech, Gestamp’s executive chairman highlighted the strength of the ties between the two countries, and how the company works hand in hand with Gestamp UK with the commitment to overcome common challenges.

Gestamp’s Aycliffe plant manager Jonathan Phillips said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Mr Riberas and Gestamp have been recognised with this prestigious honour, and we offer our full congratulations from everyone here at Gestamp in Newton Aycliffe.

“Mr Riberas’ recognition is testament to Gestamp’s commitment to the UK automotive sector and in creating jobs here in Britain.”