Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Foundations for Future Growth Laid in 2015

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Foundations for Future Growth Laid in 2015

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Byline: Mike Matthews MBE, right, managing director of Nifco UK and European operations officer

IT SEEMS like no time since we were looking back on 2014, and here we are hurtling towards the end of 2015. What a year it has been and what incredible changes we have seen across the Northeast.

The last 12 months have not been without their challenges for Nifco.

Like most exporting businesses in the UK, we have had to deal with the strengthening pound and there have also been changes in the automotive sector which have impacted the business too - but despite this, Nifco has continued to generate positive news of several contract wins - most notably of course the PS50m contract that we announced in the spring, with automotive giant Ford.

We continue to grow and 2015 has seen our workforce increase to more than 560. There is a palpable In association with buzz about the place, as our new recruits mix with experienced employees, stimulating new ideas and fresh thinking that is taking us to the next level.

It's hard to believe, as we begin each new year, that we can keep achieving more, but each year, we grow.

Each year, we push ourselves harder. And each year, we surpass my expectations and prove - time and time again - that this part of the world has the skills, ambition and determination to succeed.

Following a record 2014, the last 12 months have not disappointed and Nifco is still enjoying well-rounded success.

We are never complacent, and we know that growth does not come easy, but with a skilled and committed team, we continue to work together, aim higher and deliver positive results.

Every year, we aim for growth - and that is what we have planned for the years ahead. We're very much focused on increasing our output, so 2016 will bring with it plans for continued sales expansion and we will be sharing news on that as it becomes available. …

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