Jaguar Land-Rover to expand engine plant

£355m deal at Frankfurt secures Midlands jobs

Published:  20 September, 2011

Following a 'successful' Frankfurt International Motor Show and recent discussions between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and UK Government ministers, the firm has confirmed a £355 million investment in a new facility to manufacture all-new, advanced technology, low-emission engines in the UK.

The announcement of the investment by JLR, a subsidiary of India's Tata Motors, was marked by a visit to the company's Solihull vehicle production plant by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable. The new advanced engine facility will be built at i54 South Staffordshire, a business park near Wolverhampton.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, JLR, 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 realise the full global 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."

Following the good news, Rolls-Royce announced plans to expand production facilities at its site in Goodwood

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