The largest rope-making machine in the world will be turned on today (November 15th) in Newcastle, heralding the return of heavy industry to the region and a boost to employment.
International ropemaker company Bridon have confirmed that the Tyneside factory will produce the largest and most complex ropes in the world - with some weighing up to 650 tonnes.
The factory is being opened by the Business Minister Michael Fallon.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne MP Nick Brown will also be at today's ceremony.
The factory at Bridon Neptune Quay is already taking on orders from multinational operators.
"Companies like Bridon International are a great example of how Britain's manufacturers are leading the world.
Through Bridon's innovations, the largest, most advanced ropes ever made are being sold around the world from Britain - and helping to solve the challenges our modern offshore industries face."
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