A CITY car parts firm is set to create new jobs after landing a new deal in Russia.
Vantec Europe has won a major two-year contract to provide the Nissan plant in St Petersburg with warehousing and transport services.
The new contract will mean new engineering jobs and duties for the company’s Sunderland operation from the start of the new contract in June 2013 – though how many is not yet clear.
Vantec is already carrying out project work ahead of the contract’s official start and the St Petersburg operation will have about 80 employees.
Managing director Martin Kendall will be leading the new contract in Russia, where Vantec will work with a Russian company, Major Auto Trans, based in Moscow.
“This is a very significant milestone for Vantec Europe as we continue to grow our business not only here in the UK but also within Europe,” he said.
“It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our workforce that we are now considered for this significant new business.
“Vantec is now the largest on-site supplier of warehousing and logistics to Nissan Manufacturing UK, and winning this new business increases our footprint within Europe.”
Vantec’s new contract follows Nissan’s announcement that it plans to double its manufacturing capacity in Russia to 100,000 vehicles by 2014. Russia is Nissan’s largest single European market.
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Vantec’s rapid growth is great news for Sunderland and for the UK. The outstanding workforce at Washington is rightly praised for its commitment and ability to win significant new work.
“Nissan and Vantec are growing worldwide, which is already having a positive impact on their Sunderland operations. We are pleased to be closely involved with both companies and their ambitious plans for the future.”
Vantec is building a 421,000 sq ft warehouse next to Nissan’s Sunderland plant. The £22.5million project will create 230 jobs by 2015.