Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to invest in its manufacturing plant in the West Midlands. It announced the cash injection at the LA Motor Show, where CEO Dr Ralph Speth commented: “Wolverhampton’s density is very high and working well so we will be expanding our facility there.”
The expansion is driven by high global demand for both current and future models. The Wolverhampton plant focuses on engine manufacturing, and Dr Speth confirmed “the factory will continue to make the Ingenium family, upgrading the existing technology in the engines over time.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s investment will see the plant double in size and the expansion is expected to be completed in 2017, just three years after the site opened. The footprint of the factory will grow to 200,000 square metres, and its output is set to increase from the 50,000 engines it has built so far. There are also plans to start producing the Ingenium petrol engines here in 2016.
The investment is good news for Wolverhampton, as several hundred jobs will be created by the time construction is finished. There will also be 700 extra people working at the factory when production of the Ingenium petrol engines begins.
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