UP TO 100 new jobs are being created thanks to a £2m investment by a hydraulics firm in Havant.
The manufacture of X20 pumps – which are found in road sweepers and agricultural vehicles – will be expanded at Eaton’s Havant plant, which employs 180 people.
It means a new assembly and test programme, initially for the X20 piston pumps, which will create the new jobs over the next five years.
The ultimate aim is to provide customers with best in class delivery lead times for a standard X20 product across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mark Foreman is the the plant manager.
He said, ‘We are expecting to see an upsurge in demand for open circuit piston pumps in the next few years as the manufacturers of original equipment increase production to meet their orders.
‘Normally, this would mean that lead times would increase for products such as the X20 pump but this investment in the Havant plant means we can actually reduce lead times to approximately half that which is industry standard now.’