Business expansion
United Kingdom
North East; Northumberland and Tyne and Wear; Tyneside
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.11 - Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicle and cycle engines

105 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
31 January 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Smulders, the Belgian-owned steel company, has announced that it is to create 105 new jobs at its site in Wallsend, North Tyneside. The jobs are a result of the company signing a major new contract to manufacture foundations for wind turbines. The structures will be manufactured at the Wallsend yard for use on the Aberdeen offshore wind farm. Various manufacturing jobs will be made available including positions for welders, painters, scaffolders and crane operators. It is understood that 105 positions will be created immediately, while there is a possibility that the new contract will create up to 400 jobs in the long run.


  • 31 January 2017: Chronicle Live


Eurofound (2017), Smulders, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90182, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90182.