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Tube firm continues expansion after £500,000 investment (From The Northern Echo)

Prime Minister, David Cameron, at Sunderland’s Nissan plant for the launch of the Nissan Leaf electric car
A PIPE making firm, supplying parts for the world’s first mass market electric car, has created ten jobs after a £500,000 investment.

Argus Powerbend manufactures tubular seat frames for the Nissan Leaf, which is being made in the North-East at the Japanese firm’s Sunderland plant.

The company makes hydraulic pipelines, medical equipment and parts for tractors, trucks and construction machines, and is also producing tubes for Nissan’s new Note model.

Founded in 1978 as Dunlop Powerbend, Sunderland-based Argus, which employs about 100 people, says it is now flourishing after being hit hard by the recession in 2008.

Bosses say its already strong order book has been bolstered further after securing deals with companies including Caterpillar, JCB and John Deere, across Europe, Brazil and India.

It has now signed a contract with German-based Dura Automotive Systems, through tractor and combine harvester maker John Deere, that will see its laser-cutting team make tube sections for joysticks and levers on forestry machinery.

Johan Swanepoel, Argus’ quality engineering director, said the firm had experienced a strong start to the year, after overcoming previous difficulties.

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