Saturday September 24th, 2011 18:14 Jaguar Land Rover Announce New Job-Creating Factory in West Midlands

There was some much needed good news for the UK car industry this week, as Jaguar Land Rover announced that they would be building an engine factory in Wolverhampton. The building of the factory will result in a total of 750 new jobs being created and will cost £355 million.

The engines that are to be manufactured at the new facility are expected to be all new, advanced technology, low-emission ones. With this in mind, you can expect to see V6 and V8 petrol engines built there, along with a V6 diesel unit.

Speaking at the announcement of the new factory, Jaguar Land Rover‘s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth, 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.”

He continued: “As we invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realise the full potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The all-new family of 4 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.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stopped looking sad for a moment to express his enthusiasm for the new factory: “Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to build its new engine plant in Wolverhamption is fantastic news. It means over 700 new jobs for local people, an investment of over £300 million in the West Midlands and recognition of the expertise in the British workforce and manufacturing sector.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable described the news as a “tremendous boost for manufacturing in the UK and the West Midlands in particular.”

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