COUNCIL bosses are ploughing almost £5million into a massive extension to car parts manufacturer TRW’s site, in a move which will create 130 jobs.
The firm is doubling floor space at its Rainton Bridge plant to cope with expected demand from international clients for a new technology developed on Wearside.
Sunderland City Council is investing £4.6million in US-owned TRW’s extension and the project, which will be completed next year, has also won £1.95million from the Regional Growth Fund to equip the new building with extra production and assembly facilities.
The additional room is needed for the assembly of electric motors used in TRW’s new steering technology, created by the firm’s research and development team in the UK.
The company, which exports 100 per cent of the products made in Sunderland, predicts strong demand from Chinese and European car makers.
Plant manager Tim Jayes said: “This extension is a major project for TRW in Sunderland and a strong vote of confidence in the site for the future.
“Our objective is to now develop the site as a global centre of excellence for the development and manufacture of electric motors and expand our offer to further applications and vehicle segments.
“This will help us to attract more business and strengthen our position as a market leader in steering.”
The new factory will be owned by the council and rented back to TRW.
“The workforce here is extremely efficient, accommodating and flexible,” said Mr Jayes.
“The support of Sunderland City Council is fantastic. It is a real partnership which has made a huge difference to TRW.”
Council leader, Coun Paul Watson, said: “We have worked with TRW since the company arrived in Sunderland and look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship for many years to come.”