During the visit, Redcar MP Anna Turley and Cllr Sue Jeffrey were keen to hear about ElringKlinger’s growth over the last 12 months and plans for expansion. The visitors were also given a tour of the shopfloor, which supplies car parts to some of the biggest names in the automotive industry.
The visitors were shown around the factory by ElringKlinger (GB) managing director Ian Malcolm who outlined his thoughts on the North East manufacturing sector and what needs to be done so the region is able to compete both nationally and internationally.
The official visit also offered the opportunity to discuss key issues relating to the region’s skills gap and the forthcoming introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy as well as the importance of encouraging more women into engineering.
As a major employer in the Tees Valley, Anna Turley MP and Cllr Sue Jeffrey were also introduced to members of ElringKlinger’s 300-strong workforce including some of the company’s 27 apprentices.
Anna Turley MP, who was elected for the Redcar constituency in 2015, is passionate about the role that industry and manufacturing can play in devolving more power from London to the regions for economic growth. She said: “It was brilliant to see the operations at ElringKlinger and to hear about their investment plans to grow the business further.
“I was especially impressed by the work they are doing on apprenticeships and investing in the next generation. Manufacturing, and the automotive industry in particular, is crucial to our region’s economy and to see a local business growing and creating more skilled jobs is a real positive. We must continue to support an environment that allows North East manufacturers to grow and thrive.”
Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “I was impressed to hear about the progress ElringKlinger has been making recently, and it’s great that one of our key employers is planning for expansion. Job creation is vital in helping our economy grow stronger and I am delighted that the team here is making such a valuable contribution to this for the benefit of the Tees Valley.”
Ian Malcolm, managing director of ElringKlinger (GB), added: “We were privileged to have been able to welcome Anna Turley MP and Cllr Sue Jeffrey to ElringKlinger (GB) recently.
“We are very proud of the roots that we have established in Redcar and the outstanding workforce we have built since arriving on Teesside and it was great to be able to showcase this, whilst demonstrating our determination to keep the Tees Valley, and the North East, at the forefront of the UK’s manufacturing industry. “Over the past eight years we have tripled our workforce, and with some exciting plans for investment and expansion set to come to fruition later this year we will be creating even more jobs in the region.
“As a business, high on our agenda is creating as many opportunities as possible through our Apprenticeship Programme for the region’s young people, who are the lifeblood of our industry. Anna and Sue’s visit was a welcome opportunity for them to see first-hand the difference which our work and investment is making, not only to the automotive industry, but to the lives of our apprentices.”