Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Rapid growth sparks jobs drive at electronics leader

A Northern Ireland electronics company is facing down the recession with a jobs drive.

Co Antrim based Schrader Electronics has quadrupled its turnover over the last five years and needs a new cohort of engineers to service what it believes will be a further substantial growth in business.

Undergraduates, graduates and experienced engineers are needed to fill 40 new posts in the disciplines of hardware, software, RF, mechanical and manufacturing.

Schrader Electronics is a leading manufacturer of automotive and industrial electronics and already employs around 900 people in Northern Ireland, approximately 200 of whom are engineers.

It is a market leader in the design and manufacture of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) with a client list featuring most of the major car brands across the world, including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Peugeot and Saab.

Ailsa McNeill, head of human resources for Schrader Electronics, said: “We have quadrupled our turnover over the last five years and with the introduction of compulsory TPMS legislation due to come into effect in Europe and possibly in Asia, Schrader is poised for further significant growth for several years to come.

“In order to realise our full potential, we need to ensure that we continue to have a talented pool of engineers to join our expanding workforce.

“As a progressive company, we work very closely with educational partners to promote engineering as a career choice for students and we have forged strong links over many years with both our local universities.

“We pride ourselves on being an excellent employer, offering career development and ongoing training to our workforce, and as an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited centre, we provide high quality inhouse personal and leadership development opportunities.”

The company’s continued investment in its hi-tech R&D centres for TPMS and new products in Antrim has ensured that it remains at the forefront in its industry, where it has grown a larger market share, especially in the US where TPMS is mandatory.

Schrader received the National Training Award in 2011 and won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2010.

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