JOB security for Elland engineering workers has been bosted with the signing of two contracts worth £25 million.
Weir Valves & Controls UK Ltd employs 200 at its Huddersfield Road site.
It is part of the Weir Power & Industrial Division of The Weir Group plc which has 14,000 employees in 70 countries.
The contracts are for the design, manufacture and supply of control valves and part of the work will be centred locally.
Weir has been active in the South Korean market for more than 20 years, supplying control valves to conventional and nuclear power sectors and has a majority share in a manufacturing facility over there.
The contracts coincide with the country’s plans to become a major global manufacturer of nuclear power plants.
Roger Griffin, managing director at Weir Control & Choke Valves said: “It’s essential to have localised manufacturing in South Korea to become a significant player in the market. Our local presence has enabled us to work on many large projects over the years, supplying a combination of Korean and UK manufactured valves.”
Due to the nature of the applications, the valves for the latest South Korean contracts will be manufactured at Weir’s UK valve premises in Elland, as they require full nuclear qualification.
The projects will secure sustained manufacturing as delivery is phased from 2013 to 2017.
“The valves will undergo an extensive programme of qualification testing to ensure they fully meet design requirements,” said Mr Griffin.
“Actuators and instrumentation are also required to comply with the relevant standards for safety-related equipment.”
In addition to the success in winning contracts in South Korea the company has, over the last 18 months, secured significant plant control valve orders for the Chinese nuclear new build programme.
Mr Griffin added: “Since January 2010, we have invested significantly in the development and growth of our control valve business.
“Our international success has been underpinned by the experience and reputation of our UK facilities.”
The company said the contracts would generate a significant number of new jobs in West Yorkshire.