New jobs created as firm records 250% increase in turnover
A Sunderland liquid and gas firm is creating new jobs after a 250% rise in turnover, thanks to demand for cleaner energy.
Haskel Europe, based in North Hylton has seen demand for its “hydrogen mobility” soar, leading to the rise in turnover between 2019 and 2020. The company has created eight new roles so far this year and there are plans to recruit 12 more people by the end of June.
The company specialises in hydrogen refuelling stations for local commercial use. The new jobs are in their operational, business development and sales departments. This will increase the workforce significantly on the previous year.
The firm currently employs around 70 people at its North Hylton Road plant, where they make and distribute valves, high-pressure pumps and packaging for industries around the world including defence, gas, oil and other energy.
In 2020 Haskel launched Nano, a new plug-and-play refuelling system for small hydrogen electric vehicle fleets. It was also awarded a large contract for fleet refuelling stations in the Czech Republic. Other markets include the Netherlands and Western Australia.
Haskel vice president and general manager Stephen Learney said: “Hydrogen is playing a transformative role in the clean energy transition and Haskel is poised to meet massive new demand for hydrogen mobility infrastructure solutions in 2021 and beyond.
“While 2020 brought plenty of challenges, it’s also raised further awareness of climate change. We are proud to make a contribution to cleaning our environment for future generations by developing clean energy transport solutions right here in Sunderland ”