Environmental engineering specialists GT Group have made the first part of a £3m investment in technology at their Peterlee plant.
The global supplier is an international organisation specialising in environmental engineering which exports products and services to more than 60 countries throughout the world.
The North East-headquartered firm has purchased a £250,000 CNC Doosan Puma lathe in a move set to increase efficiencies and capabilities for the production of exhaust gas control systems.
The purchase forms part of an investment programme by GT Emission Systems to increase production capacity in the North East by almost 200% over the next three years.
A further three CNC lathes, as well as advanced assembly and test equipment is earmarked for the production line.
Geoff Turnbull, chairman of GT Group, said: “This investment will enable our emission systems division to increase capacity and meet the demand for our products.
“Through our continuing and comprehensive research and development programmes, we have created a portfolio of systems, which are actively helping engine manufacturer’s address increasingly challenging environmental standards.
“Continually updating production technology at our facility not only supports our commitment to ensuring our systems meet international regulations and support our customers’ emission targets, but also supports our ability to convert our sophisticated ideas into workable and effective solutions.”
GT Group, which employs 350 people in the North East, comprises five businesses that design and manufacture products including emission reduction products for industrial vehicles, coupling systems for transferring oil, gas and other hazardous liquids and specialist bodies for the mining industry.