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Draeger Safety Creates Jobs With Product Switch To Northumberland Plant

Safety technology firm Draeger is to create jobs in the North East after moving production of a key product to its site in Northumberland.

The company said 14 new jobs would be created after manufacturing of its Pulsar gas safety product was switched to its Blyth site. The company said more jobs could follow in future years, and added that the move showed its commitment to the site in Blyth.

The move will increase production capacity and allow the company to meet a rapidly growing demand for the gas detector product.

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Adam Pope, marketing manager for fixed gas detection systems and gas detection lead at Draeger Safety UK, said: “Draeger is known for its high quality safety technology, and the quality of our products is without doubt due in no small part to the talent and commitment of the manufacturing team here in Blyth. This year sees Draeger celebrate 60 years of operation in the UK, and we are extremely proud to be able to continue to commit to and invest in our North East-based operation in this way.”

Draeger is a family firm with more than 100 years of history. Based in Lubeck, Germany, the company has more than 16,000 employees worldwide but makes most of its safety products in the UK and Germany.

The Pulsar products are designed to detect a wide range of gaseous hydrocarbons, including methane, propane, and ethylene. The detectors play a vital role in industries such as oil, gas, gas storage, and liquified natural gas (LNG) sites, ensuring safety and early detection capabilities in expansive and critical facilities.

Draeger Safety UK – which is based on Blyth’s Riverside Business Park – last year recorded turnover of £132m and an operating profit of £34m. Those revenues were a significant fall on the previous year due to one-off contracts linked to the Covid-19 pandemic falling away, though profits still increased.

As well as its headquarters in Blyth, the company has a site on Gateshead’s Team Valley, which was opened in 2021 to provide production capacity for personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical and care sectors.

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