ZF in Peterlee has agreed a partnership with Cancer Research UK to promote the charity’s Race for Life events.

ZF employs around 1,000 people at its North West Industrial Estate location, a global leader in the production of specialist safety camera equipment.

The partnership comes after the facility lost a member of its workforce to cancer recently – another of many employees who have lost a similar battle with the disease.  Many others within the company have lost loved ones to cancer.

Lisa Hudson, HR Manager at ZF, said: “Cancer is something that unfortunately is close to many of us and we as a company have lost too many members of staff to the awful illness. We’ve also got many employees whose husbands, wives, brothers, sisters or friends have either passed away or are fighting the illness, and that’s something we want to change.

“Our partnership with Cancer Research UK is to support their Race for Life events by encouraging people to take part, either as individuals or groups. We already have some staff who have participated in the past, with our support, and hopefully through our promotion of the fundraising events we can put forward even more employees.

“As a company we value the help we give to our staff and their families and if we can do our bit to support a very worthwhile charity which is helping to save lives, that can only be a good thing.”

The next Cancer Research UK Race for Life 5K is at Herrington Park in Sunderland on Sunday, June 2.

Vikki Lambert is Cancer Research UK’s Area Events Manager for Scotland, North East England and Northern Ireland. She said: “We are delighted to have the support of a company like ZF.

“Clearly there are so many of their staff who have been affected by cancer, either directly or because a friend or family member has had the disease, and by teaming up with Cancer Research UK and promoting the Race for Life, they are helping raise awareness of our events and ultimately, attract participants and support our fundraising events.”

ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility.  ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act.

In 2018, ZF achieved sales of €36.9 billion. The company has a global workforce of 149,000 with approximately 230 locations in 40 countries. ZF invests over six percent of its sales in research and development annually.