Expansion boost for TMD Friction

A £249,000 grant from One NorthEast is helping brake pad manufacturer TMD Friction UK expand its business and create new jobs

A £249,000 Selective Finance for Investment grant from RDA One NorthEast is helping Hartlepool brake pad manufacturer TMD Friction UK expand its business and create new jobs.

The company is investing a total of £2m to expand production capability and increase the output of its factory from 20 million to 25 million brake pads every year, creating 68 new jobs.

TMD Friction develops, produces and markets disc brake pads for passenger cars, including innovative products used in motor racing. It also invests heavily in research and development.

The company is one of Hartlepool’s largest employers and this development will increase jobs from 296 to 364 over the next 12 months.

The internal layout of its existing factory will also be redeveloped to incorporate the new equipment and modernised manufacturing techniques.

Gerard Doyle, TMD Friction Managing Director UK, said: ‘This investment has come at a vital stage in our development as it will really help to underpin Hartlepool’s position as an innovative plant, leading the way within the group.

‘By investing in new machinery, we can increase plant capacity and create more opportunities within the region. This will have a great impact on the future development of our site.

‘Already as a result of our growth, we are currently working alongside our parent company to potentially bring recently relocated work into the Hartlepool plant rather than going overseas.’