Jaguar Land Rover announced a 450-million-pound investment to expand its Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, with a total cost in the site of 1 billion pounds.
Jaguar Land Rover said that it is to double the size of its Engine Manufacturing Centre as part of a 450-million-pound expansion programme. Total investment in the site, which opened a year ago, now stands at 1 billion pounds, making it the most significant new automotive manufacturing facility to be built in the UK in the last decade. The facility is the place where Jaguar Land Rover builds its Ingenium TD4 diesel engine, and in just twelve months, the Midland based plant has moved from prototype production to full-scale manufacture with more than 50,000 engines coming off the production line. The Ingenium engine launched initially in the Jaguar XE in April 2015 and was followed quickly by the Discovery Sport. The Engine Manufacturing Centre is supplying all three vehicle plants with units which also power the Range Rover Evoque, all-new Jaguar XF and soon to be launched Jaguar F-PACE.
This latest phase in the development of the EMC will see the site increase its operational footprint to 200,000 square metres, supporting capacity uplift as the company continues to widen its line-up. The announcement will also lead to the creation of several hundred new jobs at the Centre in a move which will see Jaguar Land Rover’s global workforce hit 40,000 by next year. In the twelve months since its opening the EMC has seen its workforce reach 700 with further recruitment ongoing. “The Engine Manufacturing Centre is a strategically significant facility for Jaguar Land Rover,” Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said. “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.”