Foster announces multi million pound global order for Montupet UK

Nov 28, 2012

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today congratulated Montupet UK on winning a six year contract worth almost £200million, to produce the Panther cylinder head for Ford Motor Company.

The Dunmurry-based firm employing over 550 people, manufactures aluminium castings for the automotive sector and forms part of the French-owned business headquartered in Paris. The new Panther cylinder head which will replace the Puma product currently in production will start in 2015 and will be supplied to Ford Engine Plants in Dagenham, Turkey, South Africa and China.

Arlene Foster commented: “This is a significant export order for Montupet UK which will secure the employment of over 100 people currently employed on the Puma production line beyond 2020.

“This result follows investment in skills development, new technology and lean manufacturing processes supported by Invest Northern Ireland which helped to position Montupet’s Dunmurry site at the leading edge of casting industry efficiency and excellence. Against a backdrop of globally competing manufacturing bases, this news is a great boost for Northern Ireland and will help to safeguard Montupet’s future in international markets.”

Jim Burke, Managing Director of Montupet (UK) Ltd said: “Securing this production order is very good news for the future of the plant as it will safeguard jobs and require significant investment in new plant and machinery.

“Winning this order emphasises the ability of the Dunmurry plant to compete in the global automotive marketplace, offering both quality and expertise while remaining economically competitive. Montupet’s commitment to expanding the skills of our employees, embracing new technology and improving our processes is helping to safeguard the Dunmurry plant’s position in the international marketplace.”

Invest NI’s support was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Programme for Northern Ireland.

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