BMW Mini deal creates new jobs at Washington parts firm Gestamp

(l to r) Mark Potts, Gestamp operations director and Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council in Gestamp's new extension at its Washington plant.
(l to r) Mark Potts, Gestamp operations director and Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council in Gestamp's new extension at its Washington plant.
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A NEW contract landed by Wearside’s Gestamp car parts factory has sparked a Mini jobs boom.

The Washington firm has won its first major order from BMW to provide parts for its new Mini series.

Gestamp has invested £150,000 in a 1,125 sq m extension to store the parts before they are delivered to Oxford.

As a result of the new deal, nine temporary posts have become permanent, and others are being reviewed with a view to being made permanent.

Operations director Mark Potts said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract with a new car manufacturer customer.

“Four years ago, this company worked 100 per cent for Nissan, but now, we have contracts with General Motors, Land Rover and BMW.

“There’s a real team spirit here, which has definitely helped productivity levels and staff retention. Gestamp is a family-run company with its headquarters in Spain, and our plant reflects those values of working together well as one team. ”

Sunderland City Council provided advice and support to Gestamp ahead of the construction of its new extension.

Council leader Paul Watson said: “Gestamp’s ambitions echo our city’s world-class ambitions to be Europe’s automotive hub.

“It’s the best possible news to hear that Gestamp is creating new permanent jobs at Sunderland through major new contracts in the global automotive market.”