Jobs boost for Thurso battery plant

1st February 2016 from John O'Groat Journal Online

Five new jobs are being created at the battery plant in Thurso.

AGM Batteries, based at the town’s Business Park, is taking on the new staff to help it fulfill its part of a £75 million project to develop new low carbon and energy efficient technology for the motor industry.

It is one of five companies taking part in the initiative which was announced by UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

The company hopes that in the longer term another 12 staff can be recruited if the initiative is successful.

A consortium led by AGM Batteries was awarded £5.4 million to develop the next generation of battery packs for high performance, low carbon vehicles. The local firm’s share of the contract will be worth around £2 million.

AGM, which employ 12 at present, has already carried out work on the battery cells in the laboratory and the next stage is to scale up the process to production level.

“Keith Muir, Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) head of growing businesses, welcomed the announcement.

He said: “We are delighted AGM Batteries and the consortium theit is leading has won this award.

“We have a strong tradition in Caithness of developing cutting-edge technology to deliver exciting new projects.

The £75 million project was awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), a 10-year, £1 billion joint partnership between the UK government and the motor industry.

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