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Wednesday 18 February 2015

Automotive designers plan to create high-skill jobs in Cheshire East


A world-class automotive supplier is planning to open a design and engineering centre in Cheshire East which could create up to 70 highly skilled jobs.

HPL Prototypes (HPLP), a Coventry-based company which develops drivable and non-drivable prototypes for vehicle manufacturers, is in negotiations to acquire land for a new operation on the Redsands site in Wistaston, near Crewe.

HPLP and Cheshire East Council have agreed terms on the sale of 5.5 acres of Redsands, the site of a former children’s centre, next to the junction of the A534 and the A51.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said the Council has been working closely with the company to help it establish an operation in the area. 

He added: “We are delighted that HPLP has identified Cheshire East as the right location to expand.

“They are impressed by the strong competitive advantages and track record of Cheshire East for its skilled workforce, existing business base, entrepreneurial spirit, quality of life and its national, regional and local infrastructure.

“HPLP’s arrival would create a platform to attract further investment from the automotive supply chain.

“This is just the kind of investment we need to add to the growing cluster of automotive design and engineering functions in Cheshire East and build on Crewe’s reputation as a world-class centre for engineering and design.”

HPLP hopes to employ more than 70 skilled design engineers at the new operation and has indicated that it is keen to work with local educational providers, including the proposed university technical college in Crewe, on a training programme to develop the design engineers of the future.

The sale of the land at Redsands is subject to planning permission and proof of funding.

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