Recent investment announcements from UK automotive companies
9 May – Jaguar Land Rover announced more than £1.5 billion of orders have been placed with companies in across the UK, for production of the new F-TYPE at Castle Bromwich.
22 April – Ford has confirmed a £24 million investment programme at its high-tech Bridgend engine plant in Wales to produce a new fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The announcement includes Welsh government support of £12 million and will see employment at Ford Bridgend rise to 2,300 this year – the most in its 33-year history.
6 March – Jaguar Land Rover reinforced its commitment to UK manufacturing by adding £150m investment to the £355m already committed to its new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton. Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, the company will increase its investment in the facility to in excess of £500 million. This will almost double the number of highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs at the plant to almost 1,400.
1 March – Toyota Manufacturing UK announced 70 new jobs at its Deeside plant in North Wales, following increased engine demand.
28 February – Six automotive projects were selected to receive funding from the second round of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. Receiving around £100 million in total from the initiative, the projects represent specialist areas of the sector and the supply chain and involve more than 50 automotive companies, universities and research institutions.
28 February – Aston Martin begins production of the ‘Rapide S’ model in the UK supported by £1.6 million from the Regional Growth Fund, creating 20 new jobs at its facility in Gaydon.
27 February – Component manufacturer Rosti McKechnie Ltd has announced a long-term strategic agreement with an automotive partner to develop key components for several new vehicle models up to 2017 and beyond. This will create up to 200 jobs over this period at its site in Pickering, Yorkshire.
5 February – Automotive supplier, Brose confirmed a £15 million investment into its Coventry facility, advancing a range of projects and taking its workforce to 250 employees.
17 January – TRW has announced a £15m investment in its Sunderland facility following a successful £1.75m application to the Regional Growth Fund. This latest investment will fund two new lines and enable TRW to build the next generation of power steering motors for global customers from its factory.
14 January – Jaguar Land Rover announces record global sales in 2012 and creates 800 new jobs at its advanced manufacturing facility in Solihull to support new model programmes in 2013.
8 January - Car component manufacturer, Nifco UK Ltd has confirmed plans to move to a larger facility in Teeside, creating an additional 170 jobs directly at the plant. The company’s new plant will open in 2014 and will employ around 300 workers.
19 December – Infiniti has announced that it will begin manufacturing vehicles in the UK at Nissan’s award-winning Sunderland facility from 2015. The news represents an investment of around £250 million into the plant and is expected to secure a further 1,000 jobs at Sunderland and across the UK.
20 November – Component manufacturer ElringKlinger (GB) has signed a deal to supply engine parts to BMW MINI, creating around 12 new jobs and leading to a £2 million investment in its Teeside facility.
19 October – More than 15 automotive manufacturers and supply companies were selected to receive funding from the third round of the Regional Growth Fund. Receiving a proportion of the £1bn fund, selected automotive companies included Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Bentley Motors Limited, BorgWarner Ltd, Cab Automotive Ltd, Caterpillar Peterlee, Erlson Precision Components Limited, Ford Motor Company Ltd, General Motors UK Limited, Jaguar Cars Ltd, Komatsu UK Limited, Koyo Bearings (Europe) Limited, Nifco UK Ltd, NSK Bearings Europe Ltd, Perkins Engines Company Ltd, Ricardo UK Ltd, S Cartwright & Sons (Coach Builders) Limited and TRW Systems Ltd.
2 October – AAM Europe has set up a new manufacturing and engineering centre of excellence in Glasgow, supporting around 80 jobs. The company announced a £3.6m investment in new machinery and research and development at its Albion Automotive site in Glasgow. This has been supported by more than £500,000 from the Scottish government.
12 September – Cartwright has increased the efficiency of its Altrincham factory by more than 10% after a capital investment of £2 million during the past 12 months. The investment is part of an ongoing process to enhance efficiency levels at the plant and has been used to procure new equipment and implement more sophisticated manufacturing processes.
10 September – MG’s parent company, SAIC Motor UK announced plans to expand its European Design Centre, based at the company’s Longbridge headquarters. Following a total investment of £1.5 million in the facility by SAIC Motor UK, the European Design Centre is to double in size to more than 2000m2.
6 September – Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that it has invested £370 million to upgrade its UK manufacturing facilities and increase productivity as it prepares to launch the new Range Rover in 170 countries around the world.
6 September – Honda confirmed a £267 million investment programme supporting the introduction of the new Civic and CR-V models and the 1.6 litre diesel engine for Honda Civic going into production in December 2012. 500 new staff have joined the facility this year, taking the total workforce to 3,500.
10 August – Pirelli Group has announced £20 million investment in R&D and new process machinery; creating 37 new jobs and safeguarding 120.
10 August – GKN plc has announced a significant commitment of more than £12m to increase capacity at its Birmingham and Telford facilities, supporting its role as a tier-one supplier to the key automotive brands.
25 July – Ford has announced it is investing 1.44 million in a High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) being launched by the Government at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in East London.
25 July – Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that it will create more than 1,100 new jobs at its Castle Bromwich facility to support the launch of new Jaguar models.
20 July – IAC has invested £3.5m at its Solihull and Scunthorpe plants as a result of major wins with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The company is investing in new equipment as a result of the launch of the new Evoque, along with ongoing production of the Range Rover.
19 July – Following the allocation of £3.1 million from the second round of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bidding, matched with £12.7m of private investment, DTR VMS announced plans to move to a new site will include research facilities and create 21 new jobs, while safeguarding existing 187 employees. The company designs and manufactures technical products to address noise, vibration and improve vehicle comfort.
9 July – BMW Group confirmed, a further £250 million investment in its UK manufacturing operations by the end of 2015 at its plants in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall to support international growth of the MINI brand.
4 July 2012 – Brose confirmed more than 250 jobs to be created at the North Warwickshire components manufacturing site with a £7 million expansion. The German owned company manufactures window and seat systems for the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Volvo and will more than double the size of its plant by creating an 118,000 sq ft extension with the investment.
3 July – Toyota supplier Futaba Industrial UK confirmed that it is to create up to 100 jobs at its Derbyshire plant as a result of the Burnaston-based car manufacturer’s decision to produce the new Auris in the UK. Futaba currently employs 133 people making body panels for Avensis and Auris models produced by Toyota in the UK. Next year, Futaba will begin manufacturing fuel tank filler pipes for Toyota, a part currently made in Japan.
12 June – BMW announced that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham. This milestone follows record production in 2011 and confirmation that facilities are to be upgraded to enable production of the new generation of engines.
17 May – Vauxhall confirmed that it will invest £125 million to continue manufacturing at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, creating 700 new jobs. Manufacturing of the new model is scheduled to start in 2015 with the plant running at full capacity on three-shifts. Vauxhall will also increase the local supply content for the Ellesmere Port-built Astra to at least 25%, creating further employment locally and across the UK.
11 May 2012 – Jaguar Land Rover commits an additional £1 billion to the UK automotive supply chain over the next four years, and announces a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port, creating around 300 new jobs, managed by JLR’s logistics provider, DHL.
30 April 2012 – Honda confirmed 500 new recruits to begin work at its Swindon plant, production volumes forecast to double to 180,000 units with the addition of a second shift. In addition to the new Civic and Jazz, 2012 will also see the launch of the new European Honda CR-V and the introduction of a new small diesel engine, both of which will be produced at the Swindon site. A total of 3,500 employees now based at the plant.
11 April 2012 – Calsonic Kansei announced it is investing £15.3 million to expand the product range at its UK North East manufacturing facility, more than 140 jobs created.
10 April 2012 – Nissan confirmed production of an all-new hatchback model at its Sunderland facility from 2014, creating 225 jobs at the plant and 900 more in the supply chain. Investment in recent years at the Sunderland plant now exceeds £900m, and includes the introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 2013, the Juke launch, the construction of a battery plant and the replacement Qashqai crossover.
5 April 2012 – Toyoda Gosei announced plans to create more than 500 new jobs by 2017 at its manufacturing facility in Swansea, Wales.
4 April 2012 - Jaguar announced that it will build an all-new sports car, the F-TYPE, at its Castle Bromwich facility in the West Midlands.
28 March 2012 – Financière SNOP Dunois Group announced it will re-open a factory in Washington, Sunderland, to supply vehicle parts to Nissan. It will invest £5 million create 130 new jobs, with plans for further expansion.
27 March 2012 – Lear Corporation announced plans to invest millions in converting the former TRW Valves plant in Washington, Sunderland, into a UK base for body parts production, 300 new jobs created.
23 March 2012 – Government announced the winning bids under the third round of the Green Bus Fund for hybrid, electric and gas buses. The £31 million fund will see 439 new low carbon buses come to UK roads, the majority of which are expected to be manufactured in the UK.
21 March 2012 – Unipres announced more than 350 new jobs will created, adding to the 900-strong workforce at its Wearside Plant, following the allocation of £5 million from the second round of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bidding, which was matched with £41m of private investment.
13 March 2012 – Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to expand its Halewood manufacturing facility, creating an additional 1,000 jobs to increase vehicle production.
5 March 2012 – Nissan announced production of an all-new model, the Nissan INVITATION, at its manufacturing facility in Sunderland creating around 2,000 new jobs at the plant and within its UK supplier base. In addition to vehicle assembly, Sunderland will carry out axle production, cylinder head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly, representing an overall investment of £125 million by Nissan in the UK.
13 January 2012 – McLaren Automotive announced plans to build a new facility in Woking for its F1 and sports car operations, creating 400 new jobs.
19 December 2011 – Honda – Announced start of mass production of the New Civic and plans to create 500 new jobs at its Swindon plant to meet increased production forecasts in 2012.
7 December 2011 – JCB – Announced £31 million investment in a new engine development project (£4.5 million funded by the RGF) in the Midlands and Wales – 350 new jobs created.
7 December 2011 – Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division – Announced £50 million investment in its assembly plant in Leicestershire and fabrications plant in Stoke-on-Tees. In addition, 300 new jobs created in the East Midlands and North East.
24 November 2011 – Toyota – Announced £100 million investment in its Burnaston manufacturing facility in Derbyshire to produce the new generation hatchback – 1,500 new jobs created and £85 million invested into the UK supply chain.
10 November 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – Announced it will recruit 1,000 production staff at its advanced manufacturing plant in Solihull.
20 October 2011 – Ford – Announced 80 years of production at Ford Dagenham and marked the production of approximately 11 million vehicles and more than 38 million engines at its largest UK facility.
20 September 2011 – CPP Global Holdings – Announced production of the new Jensen, to be designed, developed and built in Coventry.
19 September 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – £355 million investment in new facility in Midlands to manufacture low emission engines, 750 jobs created.
13 September 2011 – Rolls-Royce – Announced significant investment in its Assembly Hall and Surface Finish Centre, with expansion plans set to commence in 2012. Mark Prisk, Business Minister, visited Goodwood in December to learn more about the plans.
9 September 2011 – Nissan announces 25 years of manufacturing at its UK Sunderland plant. Production of the new Qashqai will take Nissan’s total investment in its UK manufacturing base to £3.3 billion.
5 September 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – Announced 336 new graduate recruits will join its training programme to develop technical and engineering expertise for careers in UK automotive.
31 August 2011 – MINI announced production of its two millionth MINI at its Oxford plant.
19 August 2011 – MIRA – Awarded ‘Enterprise Zone Status’ at its West Midlands development facility, creating over 2,000 jobs over the next 10 years and facilitating global R&D operations from its UK base.
17 August 2011 – The Schaeffler Group – Several million euros invested into its engine components manufacturing plant in Llanelli, South Wales. 230 jobs safeguarded.
4 July 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – The first Range Rover Evoque is driven off the production line at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing facility in Liverpool. More than 3,000 new jobs created to manufacture the new model.
27 June 2011 – UK Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) invested £400,000 in new automotive technologies designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
9 June 2011 – BMW – £500 million investment in new facilities and equipment at the Oxfordshire assembly plant, the engine plant in Hams Hall, Birmingham and the pressings plant in Swindon. 5,000 jobs safeguarded with announcements that MINI Coupé from 2011 and MINI Roadster from 2012 will both be built in the UK.
8 June 2011 – Nissan – £192 million investment to design, engineer and build the new Qashqai in the UK; 6,000 jobs safeguarded and 43% UK sourced parts. Additionally, £420 million confirmed investment in Sunderland plant for the production of the Nissan LEAF from 2013 and for a new stand-alone facility to produce lithium-ion batteries for Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012.
7 June 2011 – Toyota – Installed the world’s first large-scale solar panel array for mass vehicle production at its Derbyshire plant. The panels will generate sufficient electricity to manufacture 7,000 cars and save 2,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. The panels will be used in the manufacture of the Auris hybrid, Auris and Avensis models at the UK plant.
6 June 2011 – Aston Martin – Four-door Rapide sports car will commence production at its facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, from the second half of 2012.
5 May 2011 – Optare – Unveiled its new manufacturing facility in Elmet, Yorkshire with the capability to manufacture approximately 1,200 buses annually and 400 jobs safeguarded. The facility will be the first new bus assembly plant to open in the UK in almost 40 years.
29 April 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – £490 million investment in its Solihull manufacturing plant to build C-X75 all-hybrid supercar; over 100 highly-skilled jobs created.
13 April 2011 – MG – Announced new MG6 GT sports fastback will be designed, engineered and finally assembled at its UK-based production facility in Longbridge, Birmingham; 400 jobs safeguarded. Further announcement expected that a second model, the MG6 Magnette four-door sports saloon will also be designed, engineered and finally assembled in the UK.
11 April 2011 – Aston Martin – Announced new city car, the Cygnet, will be produced at its Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, creating approximately 150 new jobs and more within the UK’s supply chain. The Cygnet is the 11th major new production car that Aston Martin has bought to the UK facility since it was founded in 2004.
28 March 2011 – Tata Motors – Announced engineering and technology expansion plans at its Tata Motor’s European Technical Centre (TMETC) in Warwickshire – Facilities at the centre are expected to increase by 40% by 2013.
24 March 2011 – Opel/Vauxhall – Confirmed Luton as the manufacturing site for the next generation Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro light commercial vehicle, which will enter into production in 2013.
2 March 2011 – Jaguar Land Rover – Supply contracts in excess of £2 billion for the new Range Rover Evoque awarded to over 40 UK-based companies.
2 February 2011 – McLaren Automotive – First McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car entered into production at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.