One of the region’s most innovative and ambitious precision engineering firms has moved to Washington Business Centre to take advantage of the concentration of excellence and opportunity there.

Dontyne Gears has made the short journey south from Prudhoe to Sunderland this year but admits it is making a world of difference to its development to be so close to so many related businesses in its manufacturing chain.

As part of the move to Sunderland, Dontyne has invested £100,000 in machine tools and is looking to increase its workforce in the months and years ahead.

Dr Mike Fish, MD at Dontyne, said: “We’re very excited about the move which has given us a chance to expand and be part of what is going to be an internationally significant manufacturing destination.

“With Nissan, Caterpillar, Cummins, ZF and others on our doorstep and of course the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) next to it, the area is set to become a Silicon Valley of the automotive industry.

“Sunderland City Council has been great with us in terms of advising us and supporting us throughout the move, but the bottom line is that we are moving to exactly where we want to be because it’s a place with a really exciting future and so much potential.”

Dontyne Systems was launched in 2006 by Mike and partner Dr David Palmer as a software solutions business for manufacturers, combining David’s engineering skills with Mike’s computer programming and mathematics

Their reputation for developing software, primarily for the automotive industry is now well-established and has an international reputation.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council said: “We are delighted to see such a prestigious company as Dontyne coming to Washington and the City Council is pleased to have helped make this happen.

“Like many companies in the knowledge-based sector, Dontyne is focused on growth, innovation and highly-skilled jobs and is indicative of the bright future the region is creating for itself.”

Situated just off the A1231, one minute from the A19, Washington Business Centre offers a mix of contemporary offices, workshops and hybrid units. The 5,200sq metre facility is located within the heart of the

North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone, at the entrance to Turbine Business Park.

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