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JLR confirms plans for new engine facility

Jaguar Land Rover is to invest US$550 million in a new UK-based facility that will manufacture state-of-the-art, low-emission powertrains. The British car maker, which is owned by Indian giant Tata, announced the expansion plan after JLR officials concluded successful talks with UK government ministers.

The new engine facility will be built at i54 South Staffordshire, a business park near Wolverhampton in the UK's Midlands area. The base will create up to 750 highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing posts, but up to 2,000 more jobs is expected to be created as part of the greater manufacturing supply chain the will spring up around the new JLR base and within the region. Jaguar Land Rover employs more than 19,000 people directly in the UK and supports up to 140,000 jobs in total through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy.

Dr Ralf Speth, JLR CEO, said: As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines. This is a major commitment for our company and we will produce these advanced, highly-efficient engines for future Jaguar and Land Rover models at a new facility in the UK.

"As we invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realize the full global potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The all-new family of four-cylinder engines will increase JLR's capability to offer high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement, whilst ensuring continued significant reductions in vehicle emissions."

Mike Wright, JLR executive director, added: "I would like to pay tribute to the strong support we have received for this project from our key partners. The constructive and collaborative support we have received from the government, our trade union colleagues, local authorities, local MPs, and of course our employees has been crucial in enabling us to reach this very significant decision."

22 September 2011


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