Who ever said British manufacturing is dead? Jaguar Land Rover revealed on Tuesday that it plans to invest £145m more than planned in its engine production facility near Wolverhampton over the next two years, adding another 650 jobs and taking the total to almost 1,400.
The total planned investment now tops £500m for the plant, which will open later this year, producing ‘technologically advanced, lightweight 4-cylinder low emission diesel and petrol engines,’ according to the firm. Most of the new jobs will be skilled engineering and machining posts, although extra investment is expected to stimulate thousands of extra jobs in the supply chain.
The firm’s chief executive said: ‘Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine manufacturing centre in the UK is a clear demonstration of our business strategy guiding our investment plans. Not only does it bring our engine supply back to our production doorstep, but it gives us a insignificant new resource as we continue to innovate with new products and markets.’
For the car enthusiasts out there, the new centre will be the first in JLR’s history to be completely custom-designed and built by the company.