Japanese order boosts Burnley business

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A BURNLEY engineering company has secured a major new deal with a Japanese automotive giant.

Futaba-Tenneco UK Ltd, in Liverpool Road, will produce pressed and welded components for one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, believed to be Toyota, as part of a seven-figure contract which bosses say will secure its future for the next few years.

The Express revealed in January how the company has invested heavily in training its workforce and bosses have also taken on 23 temporary members of staff to cope with new orders.

Just three years ago staff were put on a four-day week and redundancies were feared as the economic downturn hit the world car market.

Assistant managing director Mr Kevin Schofield said: “This is not only fantastic news for the company and all its employees, but also for the Burnley area and our supply chain. There are not many other companies in this area that can boast of the prospect of several years work and is testament to the hard work put in by every single employee.

“In fact, production levels are higher than expected at the moment which has led to 23 temporary workers being employed through a ground-breaking scheme developed between FTUK and Neville Gee Employment Agency.”

MP Mr Gordon Birtwistle, who visited the company when the new deal was announced, added: “Futaba-Tenneco is a fantastic local company and this is very positive news for Burnley’s economy.

“The hard work and exceptional commitment of Futaba’s entire workforce are an example to us all, and Futaba are a company which Burnley should be extremely proud of.”

The company has previously received awards from Toyota for both quality and delivery.

Futaba bosses said they could not confirm who the new contract was with for reasons of confidentiality.