Car component manufacturer TRW is driving forward expansion plans that will see it recruit almost 300 people over the next three years.
The Peterlee firm, which counts major motor companies including Nissan and Toyota among its clients, is undergoing a period of significant growth which has seen the number of people employed reach over 700.
Now the company, which manufactures safety electronics, including airbag control units and forward looking cameras, has launched a recruitment drive to make sure it is equipped to meet the demands of its expanding client base.
This year the firm, which forms part of the US-headquartered TRW group with bases around the globe, will recruit up to 100 people, and by the end of 2018 almost 300 will have joined the company.
Robin Finley, plant manager at Peterlee, said: “Our site is experiencing a substantial and sustained increase in demand for our products which will see us undertaking major growth between now and 2018.
“We have already made 25 temporary staff permanent and expect a further 50 agency workers to be assuming TRW contracts over the coming months.
“In addition, we are creating around 20 engineering and technical positions which will see our workforce exceed 750 by the end of 2015.
“Looking at our projected growth based on the company’s forward order book, we expect our workforce will reach 1,000 by 2018.”
TRW has been based in Peterlee since 1989 and now occupies a 57,690 sqm site on the North West Industrial Estate.
It supplies companies within the automotive sector globally with a wide range of products and has seen a particular increase in demand for forward looking camera technology, which is becoming an important safety feature in today’s cars and lorries due to new legislation and the industry’s drive to reduce fatalities.
Mr Finley added: “This is a very exciting time to be part of TRW and join a global safety company which is growing massively.
“We want to attract people who share our ambitions and want to join a diverse, highly technical electronics facility which services clients around the world.”