MANUFACTURERS across the globe struggle with parts shortages and rising costs, a number of North East firms are bucking the trend by continuing to invest in their operations.

Automotive parts manufacturers, wiring specialists and excavator makers are among the region’s businesses actively looking to onboard new staff over the coming months.

Here we showcase nine of the businesses currently recruiting for staff as well as details on how to apply.


Nissan UK

On the back of the news that Nissan is to invest c. £1 billion into its North East plant over the next decade, the company has already sparked a major recruitment drive.

In total, the firm expects over 1,650 jobs to be created at its planned electric vehicle hub in the city, with 6,00 jobs in total being created across Nissan and its wider supplier chain.

Roles currently advertised range from entry level to senior positions, from admin roles to manufacturing staff, engineers and supervisors.

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Excavator manufacturer Komatsu UK is creating more than 80 jobs at its award-winning Birtley plant, as well as 10 apprenticeships.

The roles include cover factory and support department operations, including production, assembly, welding and fabrication, purchasing, design and logistics and come after the company secured a raft of orders during the pandemic.

The recruitment drive also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the company’s Japanese parent company.

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Japanese automotive specialist Faltec Europe Ltd is going through a period of huge transformation and investment since relocating to the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in Sunderland.

This has seen the company create scores of jobs over recent months, with vacancies currently available in everything from forklift drivers to team leaders, technicians, toolmakers, quality assurance and production operators.

The company has also committed to investing in the region’s young talent, with apprenticeships available in both business administration and multiple maintenance roles.

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Global ice cream manufacturer Froneri is one of the North East business community’s most unsung heroes.

Headquartered in Northallerton, the company is the second largest manufacturer of ice cream worldwide and the number one private label producer worldwide. It manufactures various big-name ice cream brands including Nestlé Rowntree’s, Cadbury Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream and Kelly’s of Cornwall, Nuii and Roar.

This has seen the company expand its headcount massively in recent times, with the firm currently recruiting for a variety of roles from production operatives to specification technologists, quality auditors, warehouse operatives, engineers and quality assurance.

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Apex Group

Situated on the outskirts of Durham city centre, the Apex Group of companies comprises Apex Wiring Solutions, Artech Lighting and Apex Core.

Specialising in manufacturing eco-friendly, market-leading solutions for the construction and electrical engineering industries, the company has seen demand for its products skyrocket over the past 12 months, leading to the creation of 40 jobs.

The roles are across the firm’s production team, with both part-time and full-time positions available.

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Huntsman P&A

Dye manufacturing giant Huntsman is currently recruiting for a number of positions at its site on Wynyard Business Park in Billingham.

This includes remote and on-site job roles such as packaging engineers, sales and business development, analysts and pricing.

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Leading vegan and vegetarian food manufacturer, Quorn, has grown exponentially over recent years, as customers across the globe embrace healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

This increased demand for vegan and vegetarian foods has led to the Stokesley-headquartered company continuing to invest in its Teesside site, both in terms of infrastructure and headcount.

Jobs currently available at the site include quality testing, operations technicians, multi-skilled engineers, packaging specialists, production schedulers and process transformation leads.

To find out more about career opportunities at Quorn, visit:


Envision AESC

World-leading electric vehicle battery manufacturer Envision AESC is recruiting for a whole host of roles after unveiling plans to create a £450 million gigaplant on the outskirts of Sunderland.

The company, which is a major supplier to Nissan, is recruiting for a number of roles ranging from purchasing officer, to quality engineers, process engineers, technicians, QA inspectors and team leaders.

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Global car parts manufacturer ZF TRW is recruiting for a number of roles at its North East plant in Peterlee, County Durham.

A world leader in driveline and chassis technology, the company has more than 250 locations in 41 countries, including 10 around the UK and is currently recruiting for a number of positions, from roles in development to research, IT, production and various corporate positions.

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