Planning approval has been granted to JDR and, once planning conditions have been met, the construction of the new state-of-the-art subsea cable manufacturing facility in Cambois, near Blyth, Northumberland will begin in the autumn of 2022, with the facility set to open in 2024.
The new facility represents the next phase of expansion for JDR, bringing more production capacity for longer-length and higher voltage offshore cabling to support the expanding offshore renewable energy sector. In doing so this will bring more high technical skilled jobs to Cambois, Northumberland, and the North-East of England, providing new opportunities and supporting the industrial renaissance gathering pace in the region. JDR’s investment goal is to support the UK offshore wind sector in achieving its target of 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and will support the UK and many other countries around the world to achieve their net-zero carbon emission target by 2050.
JDR Cables currently employees approx. 500 people. The new facility will create an initial 171 highly skilled jobs for the area. The jobs created will be working across multiple functions including production, commercial, engineering, operations, services, and other supporting functions. In addition, there will be opportunities for construction positions during the building/site development phase
JDR has numerous STEM Ambassadors and STEM Mentors supporting local communities. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related jobs across the UK. STEM Mentoring brings together youth and mentors for fun, educational hands-on activities. JDR often opens its factory doors to local schools, colleges, and universities to experience ‘A day in the life of cable making’ providing real-life experience in a real-life working facility.
As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, JDR organizes events year on year, to raise money in support of local charities and causes. During the past 7 years, JDR has raised over £147,528.95 through fundraising events.