Jaguar Land Rover has just announced a £450 million investment to expand its (EMC) Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands creating several hundred new jobs and doubling the plants size after only one year of operations.
Now topping over £1 billion investment in the facility, the expansion will bring increased numbers to the 50,000 Ingenium engines currently rolling off the production line. These new engines are currently in the Discovery Sport, and will be rolled out across the JLR range in the future
JLR CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said: ‘We are proud to be such a significant investor in advanced manufacturing in Britain and are excited by this expansion and the new jobs it will create. The decision to expand our operations at the site provides a clear signal of our commitment to meeting customer demand for cleaner and more efficient engines, whilst developing the skills and capability that Britain needs if it is to remain globally competitive.’
Together with the Engine, Special Vehicles and R&D centers in Coventry and Gaydon, Jaguar Land Rover has invested over £11bn in products and facilities, creating more than 20,000 new jobs in the last five years for the midlands region.
The strength JLR Group brands has continually grown over recent years, even with difficult trading due to the credit crunch, the motor manufacturer has led the way in the technical development of the luxury SUV range, setting the bench mark for all other competitors.