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Amec, in Darlington, says it is close to filling 40 engineering posts
AN international engineering company says it is close to filling 40 North-East posts as it looks to make its regional base a leader in global operations.
Amec says it has taken on the new workers to strengthen its 120-strong engineering team in Darlington, which is the headquarters of the firm's European engineering work and provides technical support to clients across the world.
The company, whose Lingfield Point side employs about 420 workers and manages recruitment for the group's European operations, also handles support services, such as the payroll for 8,500 staff.
Workers share offices with teams of engineers and project managers, who area involved in a huge spectrum of operations in sectors such as nuclear, chemical process, renewable energy and power.
Nicky Mason, director of Amec's business unit, who joined the firm as an engineer 11 years ago, said the new jobs represented a real opportunity for the firm to grow.
She said: “We have filled most of the positions now, though we are still recruiting in areas.
“This is really good news for us and as a company Amec has a lot of exciting things planned for the future, with Darlington set to play a key role.
“One of the reasons why we are still here in Darlington is because of the skills that are in this area.
“Amec wins orders because of the quality of its people and this region has a great history of engineering skills and that is just what we need.”
“The whole of the business is about growth this year and we are very much part of that.
“We have grown very quickly in the Middle East, and acquisitions in areas such as South America and Australia have been key to building an even stronger base.”
Earlier this year, Amec, whose half-year results showed stable revenues of £1.9bn and operating cash flow of £56m, launched a bid to take over a rival construction company.
The firm made an approach to oil, gas and mining specialist Kentz, saying the deal would increase its presence in the global energy market, though Kentz bosses turned down the bid, saying it undervalued the company.
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