An engineering company in Wellingborough has taken on 75 employees in the town in the past year.
The increase means Mahle now employs 310 people at its Wellingborough base as well as another 200 in Northampton, after experiencing significant growth from new as well as existing clients.
Mahle specialises in the manufacture of complex automotive engine components and the assembly and test of internal combustion engines.
The increase in sales orders has allowed all departments of the business to grow, with the production line in particular recruiting more machine operators than ever before.
As well as investing in more staff, Mahle has also invested heavily in new machinery and equipment across its three Wellingborough factories.
Plant manager Mark Allman said: “Recruitment has been a key part of our growth in 2013, with people central to the success of the business.
“We are committed to investing in our people and strive to provide opportunities across the board, along with continued support and training. We are very proud of what we have achieved at Mahle and hope to continue this with our future growth plans in 2014 and beyond.”
Mahle is set to grow further this year and is still looking to expand its workforce, and has vacancies available across all departments. It also hopes to launch an apprenticeship scheme later in the year.
Mahle Group is one of the 30 largest companies in the automotive supply industry worldwide. In 2012 the group included 100 production plants and a headcount of 49,000 and achieved sales in excess of six billion euros.
In addition to its plants in Wellingborough and its design, development and test facilities in Northampton, the firm has bases in the United States and in Germany, China and Brazil.