Car parts firm creates 300 jobs at Peterlee plant

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A CAR parts manufacturer has announced plans for 300 new jobs within three years - and 100 of those will be created in 2015.

TRW in Peterlee already has a 700-strong workforce.

“Our site is experiencing a substantial and sustained increase in demand for our products which will see us undertaking major growth between now and 2018.”

But the company, which makes safety electronics, including airbag control units and forward looking cameras, is launching a recruitment drive to meet the demands of its expanding client base.

Plant manager Robin Finley said: “Our site is experiencing a substantial and sustained increase in demand for our products which will see us undertaking major growth between now and 2018.

“We have already made 25 temporary staff permanent and expect a further 50 agency workers to be assuming TRW contracts over the coming months. In addition, we are creating around 20 engineering and

technical positions which will see our workforce exceed 750 by the end of 2015.

“Looking at our projected growth based on the company’s forward order book, we expect our workforce will reach 1,000 by 2018.”

TRW has been based in Peterlee since 1989 and now occupies a 57,690 square metre site on the North West Industrial Estate. It supplies companies within the automotive sector globally and has seen an increase in demand for forward looking camera technology, which is becoming an important safety feature in today’s cars and lorries due to new legislation and the industry’s drive to reduce fatalities.

Robin added: “This is a very exciting time to be part of TRW and join a global safety company which is growing massively. We want to attract people who share our ambitions and want to join a diverse, highly technical electronics facility which services clients around the world.”