THE Duke of York will visit the new advanced manufacturing plant for a County Durham car parts firm this week.
Prince Andrew will go to the Gestamp site of Tallent Automotive on Wednesday and will start the process for the first subframe to be manufactured at the plant.
The new plant will provide an additional 15,000sq metres of manufacturing capacity at the firm’s Newton Aycliffe facility, which has been in operation since 1948.
With almost 1,400 employees, the site is one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the North East, and the new development is expected to grow that figure by 150.
The company started life making munitions during the Second World War, before moving into cigarette boxes and powder compacts and then washing machines.
Today Tallent works exclusively in the automotive industry where it develops and manufactures chassis structural products for the automotive industry with clients including Nissan, Volvo, Ford, Jaguar, Honda and VW.
Some 70% of its products are exported from the UK. The Tallent development is just the latest boost to the economy in the Newton Aycliffe area, which will also house the Hitachi train factory.