UK Automotive

UK Automotive Investment

Investment and employment announcements from UK automotive companies


24 November – Jaguar Land Rover is to invest an additional £450 million into its Engine Manufacturing Centre, doubling the plant’s size and bringing total investment in the site to £1 billion.

21 October – Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has announced an additional £50 million investment to turn its Warwickshire production site into the Group’s R&D headquarters.

20 October – Honda will recruit 500 new employees by 2016 to support production of the new 5-door Honda Civic.

25 September – Ford will invest £181 million into new low-emission engines at its Bridgend plant.

4 September – Nissan has announced £100m fresh investment for production of its new Juke.

19 June – Nissan is investing £37 million in expanding its Sunderland car production plant to cater for a new extra-large press line.

12 June – Infiniti will recruit 300 new jobs to support production of the Q30 and QX30 models at Sunderland.

31 March – Honda has announced that it will invest £200 million into its flagship manufacturing centre in Swindon to produce the next generation 5-door Civic.

26 March – London Taxi Company has announced it will create 1,000 new jobs with £250m investment into ultra low emission taxis.

26 March – Jaguar Land Rover will expand its West Midlands manufacturing with a £600m investment.

12 January – Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new UK jobs as part of its investment in lightweight technologies.


4 December – Bentley has announced a £40 million expansion of its R&D operations in Crewe, creating 300 new jobs.

12 November – TRW, a Sunderland-based steering systems manufacturer, is to create 130 jobs and double its factory floor space to cope with increased international demand.

20 October – Ford has invested a further £190 million in production of its new low carbon engine range at Dagenham. This brings the project total to £490 million.

20 October – Jaguar Land Rover has invested £3.5 billion in the UK supply chain to support development and production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

9 September – US manufacturer Lear Corporation will create 100 jobs in a multi-million pound investment to develop its Sunderland manufacturing plant. The additional jobs will cater for existing Nissan demand and new business from Jaguar Land Rover.

24 July – 150 new jobs created at Covpress Holdings in Coventry after a £15 million investment  which will see an expansion of their factory and investment in state-of-the-art robotic and laser equipment.

7 July – Vauxhall is to create 550 new jobs in the UK – about 300 new positions at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, ahead of production of the new Astra and then adding a second shift at the Vivaro facility in Luton creating 250 jobs.

19 June – Jaguar Land Rover will create 250 new jobs as part of £200 million investment in its Halewood plant ahead of production of the new Land Rover Discovery range.

28 May – Aston Martin has announced a £20 million investment into its Gaydon operations, with the creation of 250 jobs, as it gears up for production of a new model range.

27 May – Henrob, an automotive parts supplier in Flintshire, will create 100 new jobs and open an additional factory in Deeside as part of £5.2 million funding.

19 May – Bentley’s manufacturing growth has led to the creation of over 140 new  jobs at the firm’s Crewe headquarters. The posts will include engineering roles and apprenticeships.

9 April – Cornwall-based European Springs and Pressings has expanded to a larger manufacturing facility, with a projected 30% increase in personnel by the end of 2014.

4 April – Brose UK is to create 300 jobs in Coventry as the firm addresses increased parts demand for the new Nissan Qashqai.

20 March – Jaguar Land Rover  has announced a £45 million investment in a new state-of the-art servo press line at its Halewood facility, which includes the installation of a 7,900 tonne stamping machine.

20 March – Bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis has signed a £100 million contract to produce 600 vehicles for National Express over the next five years – safeguarding more than 2,000 jobs.

19 March – Bentley’s Crewe headquarters are set to become the centre of excellence for all Volkswagen Group W12 engines. The move will create 100 new jobs, and see 9,000 engines produced per year.

3 March – Stadco has announced a £30 million investment in its Shrewsbury and Telford facilities, creating 200 new jobs.

3 March – Entek International Ltd (Tyneside) will invest £10 million in a new generation of battery separator for the automotive industry.

14 February – Amtek International plans to invest £5 million into a new factory in Kidderminster, creating 100 new jobs.

3 February – Coventry-based RDM Group, a supplier to Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Bentley, is to invest £400,000 in a acquiring a new 20,000 sq ft manufacturing facility that will see 25 new jobs created.

28 January – Nissan has announced that it will assemble its new NV200-derived Taxi for London in partnership with ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, a joint investment of £6 million.

16 January –  Thermal and acoustic insulation manufacturer, Automotive Insulations, has invested in a new 65,000 sq. ft. premises in Warwickshire, which will employ around 200 people.

9 January – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will create 100 further jobs at its Goodwood manufacturing plant. This is in addition to the 100 positions announced in July 2013.


20 November – Jaguar Land Rover component supplier Sertec is investing in a new plant in Coleshill, West Midlands, which will see the creation of 150 jobs.

4 November – Sunderland-based Gestamp, which builds chassis and parts for Nissan, General Motors and Jaguar Land Rover, has added the new MINI series to its roster after investing £150,000 to expand its facility.

25 October – Faurecia is to create 60 further jobs at its facility in Washington, Tyne and Wear, which manufactures interior components for BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Nissan and Renault.

14 October – Cosworth announced plans for a new £30 million manufacturing facility in Northampton, which will lead to the creation of around 70 jobs.

25 September – Car parts firm ElringKlinger announced a £7m expansion as part of a planning application for a 4,000sqm expansion of its Teeside site.

11 September – LTC, formerly LTI, restarts taxi production in Coventry creating 66 new jobs as part of a £150 million five-year investment strategy.

11 September – Stadco invests £300,000 to enhance the surface finish of exterior aluminium stampings produced at its Castle Bromwich site.

10 September – Jaguar Land Rover will invest £1.5bn at its Solihull plant to enable large-scale manufacture of aluminium-based vehicles, also creating 1,700 new jobs.

23 July – Bentley is to invest £800 million into its Crewe plant – and create 1,000 new jobs – as it gears up for production of its new SUV.

17 July – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the creation of more than 100 UK jobs at its Goodwood site.

17 July – A £14 million investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Constellium, Brunel University and a major luxury car manufacturer will create The Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC), a new research facility at Brunel University that will help revolutionise manufacturing methods for UK car makers.

16 July – Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will receive £500 million of new funding.

12 July – Jaguar Land Rover announced 275 graduates will join its UK operations this year within a number of departments, including engineering, marketing and product design.

12 July – A joint UK motor industry and government automotive strategy has today committed to invest well over £1bn in additional funds over the next 10 years to secure the growth and development of its vehicle and component manufacturing sector.

24 June – £1 million competition to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) drive motorsport technologies has been launched by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts MP.

20 June – Pressed and welded assembly manufacturer Covpress confirms £2.2 million investment in new 1000t progression press. The new press will extend capacity helping to secure major new contracts from vehicle manufacturers.

6 June – Component manufacturer, Stadco, has confirmed a £15 million investment in its Telford facility that will support the installation of a new production line at the site. As a result of new high-value contracts with a UK-based vehicle manufacturer, Stadco’s new production line will include a 4,000-ton transfer press – one of the largest in Europe.

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 confirms £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. This will almost double the number of highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs at the plant to around 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, 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 announced a long-term agreement 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 announces 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.

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 confirms plans to move to a larger facility in Teeside, creating an additional 170 jobs 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 theAuris 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.