Positive news here in the West Midlands as automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover announce a huge investment to its Castle Bromwich plant which following a refocus, will be the hub of JLRs electric vehicle push.
The Castle Bromwich JLR plant will start working on an Electric version of the one of their most popular models, the Jaguar XJ. JLR are yet to announce when the Electric version of the XJ will be launched however it has been reported that the new Electric XJ will replace the petrol and diesel versions that have been manufactured since 1968.
2700 jobs safe despite Brexit
This investment of hundreds of millions of pounds in the Birmingham site will secure 2,700 jobs and comes at a time when previous warnings by the automotive manufacturer would be upended by Brexit in particular a “no-deal” Brexit.
Plant would be effectively dead without investment
David Bailey, a professor of business economics at Birmingham Business School, reportedly said that the Birmingham plant would be “effectively dead” without this investment. At present, the Castle Bromwich plant also produces the Jaguar XF, XE and F-Type however not too long-ago workers voted for a four-day week to avoid job losses.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK automotive industry – protecting thousands of skilled jobs.
“It reflects our determination for the UK to be at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles.”
Investments for Battery technology – UBIC Coventry
This news come months after the announcement of over £100m investment for the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. This is all towards creating the first large scale battery technology factory for electric vehicles or “Gigafactory” here in the UK. This investment will also provide practical training to upskill people in battery manufacturing.
These investments in the UK’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry will help the UK remain a key runner in the global automotive manufacturing race.
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