HRH The Duke of York arrives on Teesside to open new Nifco UK facility

HRH The Duke of York also came to Eaglescliffe two years ago, to open the manufacturer's current facility.

Ian McClelland Photography Mike Matthews of Nifco Credit
Mike Matthews of Nifco Credit

Car parts manufacturer Nifco UK will have its second royal visit today, as HRH The Duke of York opens the firms new £12.8m premises.

The Duke will visit the company’s second facility in Eaglescliffe, which sits on land adjacent to Nifco’s current factory that was also opened by His Royal Highness only two years ago.

The Duke of York will spend more than an hour at the facility, speaking to managing director Mike Matthews MBE, as well as apprentices at the firm, which employs more than 400 people from in and around Teesside.

The new 61,451sqft premises is providing the car parts manufacturer - which produces small plastic components that are used in the engines and interiors of cars produced by Nissan, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover - with additional factory floor space to increase its capacity, as well as housing a specially designed research and development facility where engineers can develop new products.

Mike Matthews, managing director of Nifco UK and European operations officer, said: “We have been really excited about this expansion and we’re delighted The Duke of York will be visiting us again to see our progress.

“It has been a busy and productive two years since His Royal Highness’ last visit.

“We have increased turnover from £38m to more almost £60m, and with the new R&D facility we’re expecting turnover and productivity to continue to rise as it keeps us well placed to stay ahead for our clients.”

He added: “The second factory is a stunning new space, and a very visible sign of the speed at which the company is growing.”

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