Vivarail opens new plant at Spectrum Business Park and creates new jobs in the region

We’re looking forward to welcoming Vivarail, to Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, County Durham. Vivarail will be investing up to £100,000 in its new plant and taking up a 11,000 sq ft site here at the park. The company is expected to created 30 new specialists jobs over the next 3 years.


The North East is already home to the likes of Hitachi Europe and Newcastle Rail Academy and the region’s rail industry continues to grow stronger because of its local talent pool of engineers and manufacturers. It’s great that Spectrum Business Park is now playing a part in this exciting and expanding part of the region’s economy.


Chief executive of Vivarail, Adrian Shooter, said;


“As Vivarail looked to expand and open a new site, the North East was a very attractive location for us, most notably because of its highly skilled pool of engineering and manufacturing workers.”


“The region already has a strong rail industry and we want to tap into this and look to buy locally where we can. Plus, we also have the opportunity to expand further here, depending on the speed and scale of future orders.”


Peter Rippingale, inward investment manager at Business Durham, said: “Vivarail is a very forward-thinking, modern company, bringing with it a good number of specialised jobs and making the most of the talent we have in the region.


“By investing in County Durham and pledging to use regional suppliers where possible, Vivarail is expected to have a real impact on the rail industry and the economy.”

Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We’re delighted Vivarail has chosen to open a new site in Durham as part of its expansion, a decision which recognises the vast array of talent we have here in our county.

“This will not only provide a boost to the local economy but will also strengthen our rail industry even further and we hope it encourages others to consider Durham as a destination for their own businesses.”

Three different types of powerpack will be assembled at Vivarail’s new plant here at Spectrum Business Park, including a pioneering battery-only system currently being developed with £640,000 grant funding awarded earlier this year by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Once operational and subject to the size of future orders, Vivarail’s  site here in Seaham could expand to include the refurbishment of a number of other train parts, such as the bogies.

We’re looking forward to seeing how Vivarail grows over the next few years and of course welcoming them to our ever expanding business community here at Spectrum.


To find out more about available office space here at Spectrum Business Park, call Paul Wellstead on 07946 439 970 to arrange your visit and tour of the business park.


 Information for this article was taken from Business Durham. 


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