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Express Engineering starts work on new £3.5m facility
Construction work has started on a multi-million-pound engineering assembly and test centre in Gateshead that is set to create dozens of new jobs.
Express Engineering, a subsea oil and gas manufacturing specialist, has invested £3.5m in the new 48,000 sq. ft purpose-built centre that will help to support the firm’s growth and expansion into new global markets.
When the centre opens in late 2020, an additional 30 skilled engineering roles will have been created, primarily involved in manufacturing connection systems and other subsea technologies.
Construction comes as Express Engineering sees strong business growth with revenues on target to reach £40m during this year. The company has also recruited around 100 people in the last 12 months, taking the workforce to more than 235.
Chris Thompson, chairman of Express Engineering, said: “It’s great to see work start on the new facility, which will be critical to supporting our growth ambitions and providing sector-leading customers with the very best, high-quality subsea products.”
Tim Witty, development director at UK Land Estates, said: “It’s been a pleasure to watch Express Engineering go from strength to strength over the past year – hiring 100 staff, winning new contracts and now expanding into new premises on one of our premier trading estates.
“The new facility will be purpose-built to meet the business’s new staff and manufacturing requirements. Located on the popular Team Valley, it will also have fantastic transport links, green spaces and a range of retail and leisure options right on the doorstep – making it ideally placed to do business.”
Working with customers such as TechnipFMC, Baker Hughes and Aker Solutions, Express Engineering is a large exporter of products, operating within various geographical areas, including the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, east coast of Brazil, east and west coasts of Africa and Australasia.