30/09/2003

Schrader to create 200 new jobs in Co Antrim

A leading electronics company is set to open its second factory in Northern Ireland creating up to 200 new jobs.

London-based, Schrader Electronics, which designs and manufactures the radio-frequency based Remote Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (RTPMS), will open the new 4,350 sq m factory in Carrickfergus, more than doubling the floor space of its Antrim plant.

Commenting on the announcement, managing director, Stephen McClelland said: "We are delighted to be making this announcement as there were a number of proposals under consideration for new factory locations and most of these were outside Northern Ireland.

"This new investment really shows our commitment and endorsement of Northern Ireland as a world class location for leading-edge technology development and manufacturing."

The RTPMS allows drivers to monitor their vehicle’s tyre pressures by using electronic sensors attached to the tyre valves to transmit pressure data from each wheel to displays on the dashboard or rear view mirror.

Such systems will become compulsory on all cars produced in the USA under the TREAD Act and are also increasingly being made available by car manufacturers across the world.

The facilities in Carrickfergus will help support future orders that will satisfy growing global market demand for this safety feature over the coming years.

The new factory will also provide additional production capacity to support Schrader Electronics’s expanding product range of automotive electronics.

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