UP to 25 new jobs are to be created as a city manufacturing firm triples its assembly space.
Expert Tooling and Automation is building a 30,000 sq ft new factory at Rainton Bridge.
The company, which opened in Washington with just two employees six years ago, is now a multi-million pound turnover business with more than 40 full-time staff, designing and building machines which make everything from car parts to inspection media.
It has customers including Jaguar Landrover, Nissan, Mini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Gestamp Tallent, Calsonic Kansei and TRW, and also works with companies requiring bespoke automation, such as GE Oil & Gas.
The new plant at Rainton Bridge Industrial Estate will house all project management, design and development staff and have a huge assembly area to enable large, complex machines to be designed, built and tested.
Operations director Dave Bartell, said: “Rainton Bridge is a great location for us, close to a number of automotive companies.
“We’ve been involved in all stages of the design of the new premises, which will provide all the staff with a great, purpose-built place to work.”
Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said: “We are proud to have helped support Expert Tooling’s growth, and provide the land on which it can build its new plant.”