Lear’s new 100-job Sunderland car parts plant opens doors

(from left) Chris Scott, Lear Corporation Vice President'of Foam); Lawrence Davies, deputy CEO of the Automative Investment Organisation: Lear Corporation Sunderland operations director  'Jim Casey; Gideon Jewel, Lear Corporation President JIT, and Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman.

(from left) Chris Scott, Lear Corporation Vice President'of Foam); Lawrence Davies, deputy CEO of the Automative Investment Organisation: Lear Corporation Sunderland operations director 'Jim Casey; Gideon Jewel, Lear Corporation President JIT, and Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman.

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A Wearside car parts factory extension which will create 100 new jobs is open for business.

Recruitment has already started for posts at Lear Corporation’s Rainton Bridge plant, which has more than doubled in size with the opening of the extra 3,500sq m.

Sunderland is a great place to do business. We have a productive and committed workforce here and enjoy good links with the university.

Gideon Jewel

The expansion will allow the company to meet increased demand for car seating foam from Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), doubling production capacity to 600,000-plus car seats a year.

Operations director Jim Casey said: “The recruitment started earlier this year in line with our recruitment plan to get the first starters trained and ready for the start of production in June.

“We have already recruited more than 40 new starters and will be continuing as production ramps up. We now employ more than 400 people in Sunderland.

“The existing facility has been producing Qashqai parts since 2011, and the additional capacity will support Jaguar Land Rover business. Sunderland will be supplying parts to our plants in the Midlands, who are supplying JLR with the full seat assemblies.

The new extension was officially opened by Lear Corporation’s president global JIT Gideon Jewel and Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman.

Mr Jewel, who travelled to Sunderland from Lear’s European HQ for the ceremony, said: “This is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work. I am delighted to be here.

“Sunderland is a great place to do business. We have a productive and committed workforce here and enjoy good links with the university.”