Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will be investing £450 million to further expand its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Midlands. With this announcement, the site that was opened a year ago sees a total investment amount of £1 billion.
This latest move by the company will see the facility expand its operational footprint to 2 lakh square metres and will lead to creation of several hundred new jobs. The engine plant has already rolled off over 50,000 engines and is home to Jaguar’s Ingenium engine range.
This engine is seen in the automaker’s products such as the Jaguar XE and Discovery Sport. The Midlands-based manufacturing facility serves as the heart of the company’s UK manufacturing operations by virtue of supplying vehicle plants with engines for the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF and the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said: “The Engine Manufacturing Centre is a strategically significant facility for Jaguar Land Rover. The decision to expand our operations at the site provides a clear signal of our commitment to meeting customer demand for cleaner and more efficient engines, whilst developing the skills and capability that Britain needs if it is to remain globally competitive.”
The EMC at Midland is one of JLR’s four UK-based manufacturing facilities and currently has a workforce of over 700.