Jaguar Land Rover, owned by
Tata Motors of India, has officially opened its new Engine Manufacturing
Centre. The 500m Pounds (Rs 4914 crore) facility, announced in September 2011,
represents a significant step in Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic investment
programme and will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a
generation, a press release issued by the company said.
Located near Wolverhampton in
the West Midlands, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the Ingenium
engine family which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products
designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. This starts with the 2.0-litre
diesel, which rolls off the production line early next year, destined for the
new Jaguar XE.
Commenting on the opening Dr.
Ralf Speth , Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Engine
Manufacturing Centre represents all that is great about British engineering.
“Jaguar Land Rover is a
business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and
level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing
the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain."
With a vision to set a new
global benchmark for excellence in engine manufacturing, Jaguar Land Rover is
drawing on the expertise of 2,000 powertrain engineers who, together with the
new 1,400 strong team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre, will deliver the next
generation of highly efficient, ultra-low emission 4-cylinder petrol and diesel
Jaguar Land Rover broke ground
on the i54 Business Park site in June 2012. Today, the 100,000 square metre,
state-of-the-art facility, houses an engine-testing centre alongside
manufacturing and assembly halls, and meets the highest standards of
Awarded a rating of ‘excellent’
by BREEAM, for sustainable buildings, the facility is home to the largest
rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, comprising no fewer than 21,000
individual panels. It is estimated that these panels will generate more than 30pc
of the plant’s energy requirements - providing the same amount of energy
required to power 1,600 homes.
Commenting on the importance
of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at the
site said: “I am proud to be leading the world-class team who will bring years
of hard work to fruition as we execute the flawless launch of Jaguar Land
Rover’s first in-house engines in a generation.
“Our new Engine Manufacturing
Centre is an important step in advancing the competitiveness and capability of
the UK automotive sector. The production of in-house engines will support the
expansion of the UK supply chain providing critical mass for inward investment,”
he said in the press release.
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