A GREAT DAY FOR BRITISH INDUSTRY AS JAGUAR LAND ROVER OPENS ITS ENGINE MANUFACTURING CENTRE
30 October 2014
- Britain’s leading premium automotive manufacturer officially opens the doors to its new world-class Engine Manufacturing Centre.
- Jaguar Land Rover brings engine manufacturing in-house for the first time in a generation.
- The new £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre cements Jaguar Land Rover’s position as the UK’s leading automotive investor.
- Facility supports regional regeneration with 1,400 jobs created.
Jaguar Land Rover today marked a seminal moment in its history with theofficial opening of its new EngineManufacturing Centre. The £500m facility, announced in September 2011,represents a significant step in Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic investmentprogramme and will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in ageneration.
Located near Wolverhampton inthe West Midlands, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the Ingeniumengine family which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover productsdesigned, engineered and manufactured in the UK. This starts with the 2.0-litrediesel, which rolls off the production line early next year, destined for thenew Jaguar XE.
Commenting on the opening Dr. Ralf Speth said: “The Engine Manufacturing Centre represents all that is great aboutBritish engineering.
“Jaguar Land Rover is a business drivenby design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of jobcreation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capabilityof the UK automotive sector and its supply chain."
With a vision to set a new global benchmarkfor excellence in engine manufacturing, Jaguar Land Rover is drawing on theexpertise of 2,000 powertrain engineers who have been inspired by the company’s70-year heritage in the design and development of iconic engines. Theseengineers, together with the new 1,400 strong team at the Engine ManufacturingCentre, will deliver the next generation of highly efficient, ultra-lowemission 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Jaguar Land Rover broke ground on the i54 Business Park site in June2012. Today, the 100,000 square metre,state-of-the-art facility, houses an engine-testing centre alongsidemanufacturing and assembly halls, and meets the highest standards ofsustainable production.
Awarded a rating of‘excellent’ by BREEAM, for sustainable buildings, the facility is home to thelargest rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, comprising no fewer than21,000 individual panels. It is estimated that these panels will generate morethan 30% of the plant’s energy requirements - providing the same amount ofenergy required to power 1,600 homes.
Commenting on the importanceof the Engine Manufacturing Centre, Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at thesite said: “I am proud to be leading theworld-class team who will bring years of hard work to fruition as we executethe flawless launch of Jaguar Land Rover’s first in-house engines in ageneration.
“Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is animportant step in advancing the competitiveness and capability of the UKautomotive sector. The production of in-house engineswill support the expansion of the UK supply chain providing critical mass forinward investment.”