21 September 2011

New JLR Engine Plant For Wolverhampton, UK

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to open a new engine factory in Wolverhampton, to make advanced technology, low-emission engines in the U.K. West Midlands businesses will benefit, with up to 750 highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs to be created, as well as flow on employment also. The plant will be situated on a 297-acre site at the i54 business park in South Staffordshire, recently named as an enterprise zone site.

As always, good news for one region, not so others. In this case some in South Wales - where the engines are currently made - had hoped to benefit, with the new plant being located there. I think the new location in Staffordshire makes sense. Hopefully Wales will benefit from other investments.

The majority of JLR's current engine line-up is built in a dedicated Jaguar facility within Ford's Bridgend plant in South Wales as part of a tie-up between the two manufacturers. Jaguar and Land Rover were both owned by Ford until recently, but new owner Tata is now moving to greater independence on the engine front.

In summary: Great news for the South Staffordshire area, and it is important more fuel efficient engines find their way under JLR bonnets.

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