Komatsu kick starts recruitment drive for 80 new North East roles

A Japanese firm which was one of the first to set up in the North East has launched a recruitment drive that will create more than 80 jobs in the next year.

The jobs at Komatsu UK’s Birtley plant cover both manufacturing and support roles, and include 10 apprenticeships. The posts have been created after Komatsu won a number of new orders in the UK and Europe.

The new jobs have been created in a variety of factory floor departments including production, assembly, paint shop, welding and fabrication, with support roles including purchasing, design and logistics.

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They come as Komatsu’s global parent company celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Paul Blanchard, Komatsu UK (KUK) managing director said: “Like all businesses, Komatsu had to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances caused by the Covid pandemic throughout 2020 and into 2021.

“And it’s credit to all KUK employees that as we emerge from such a turbulent period in history, KUK remains in a healthy and robust position and ready to launch a significant recruitment drive.

“We take great pride in the way we invest in the development of our employees and everyone we take on in the coming months will be offered not only a varied and exciting career, but also the chance to enhance their knowledge, develop new skills and become part of a focused, committed workforce that has been part of the economic fabric of the North East for the past 34 years and global company for a century.”

Komatsu marked its centenary by planting 10 cherry blossom trees and a floral display at the entrance to the Birtley plant.

It set up in the North East in 1987, helping to pioneer a boom in the region’s automotive and manufacturing sectors and leading the way for other Japanese companies to create jobs in the region.

Komatsu UK HR manager Katie O’Brien said: “It is fantastic to join such a respected and well-established company at a time when we are preparing ourselves for considerable growth.

“So far we have filled around half of the roles across both production and support departments. Our focus now is on finding the right people for the remaining vacancies.

“Komatsu UK offers people a fantastic career with genuine pathways to develop skills and access promotion opportunities. I would urge anyone with a background and experience in the engineering sector and automotive or construction plant manufacturing to get in touch – KUK may have the perfect job for them.”

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