Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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Nifco expect turnover to reach the PS70m mark over the next few years EAGLESCLIFFE car parts giant Nifco is gearing its employees up with the skills they need to succeed, as it continues its push for growth in 2014.

The burgeoning plastics manufacturer has ambitious plans for 2014, and is continuing its investment in people ahead of the opening of a new facility on its current site that will also include an R&D and Design Centre.

Mike Matthews, managing director and European operations officer, said that he believed development in people was crucial to the ongoing success of Nifco.

He said: "People are at the heart of what we do. We absolutely need the best team, with the right skills and experience to take the business forward. And I genuinely believe that those people are here - in Teesside and the wider North East region.

"It's fantastic - and makes me very proud - that, as a business, we keep proving that Nifco UK's North East base is the right one. The ongoing investment we see from our parent company Nifco Inc proves the confidence and belief people have in this area. It is such a positive thing for the North East."

One of the key successes in recent years has been the company's work in attracting females to enter what is traditionally a male dominated career path.

The company has started to see more and more women break into the profession. Two of the most recent success stories are Michelle Blackett and Sarah Turnbull, both of whom have been supported by Nifco with their ongoing career progression and are reaping the rewards.

Michelle Blackett, 25, passed a Masters degree in Marketing Management with a merit grade in Autumn 2013, gaining skills that can be put into practice at Nifco.

Michelle completed the course at Teesside University and Mr Matthews believe the skills she has gained will help her support the growth of a new research and development function, which will be housed in the new Nifco facility.

Michelle joined Nifco in January 2011 as a KTP student working within Nifco's design department and is now working as a projects engineer, researching and prototyping new products and exploring how they can be taken to market. …

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