Two businessmen from Cramlington are looking to bring 50 new jobs to the region.
Ken Shewry and Stuart Robinson, who joined forces to run the UK division of a major international technical company, are looking to reach a £10m turnover and employ 50 people in the next three years.
KoCoS Messtechnik, with branches in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Austria and France as well as its native Germany, is a leading manufacturer of measuring and test equipment in the field of industrial and public electricity supply networks.
Ken and Stuart are now running KoKoS UK at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, and have already secured large contracts with many of the giants of the UK power industry as well as renewable energy providers.
Managing director Ken said: “The north east has great national and international transport links so we can easily service the whole of the UK and Ireland as well as make frequent trips to Dusseldorf where our parent company is based.
“Ground-breaking activities in offshore wind power, biofuels, photovoltaic technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and tidal power are taking place here and KoCoS wanted to be at the centre of this.
“It made perfect sense to base the office here and it’s already proving to be an excellent decision.”
KoCoS UK is now supplying Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Electric and UK Power Networks with power quality testing equipment, high voltage switchgear and relay testing products to ensure UK power supplies operate to the highest standards.
Stuart, the firm’s UK operations director, said the firm hoped to emokiy 50 people in the next three years.
“With the huge increase in renewable energy throughout the UK, we are barely keeping up with demand for our Power Quality Analysers,” he said.
For further information on KoCoS UK visit www.KoCoS.co.uk