Jaguar Land Rover opens new multi-million engine manufacturing plant
Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new £500 million engine manufacturing centre in the UK. The plant will manufacture its efficient range of Ingenium engines, which will be used in the Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, however it is understood the engines will eventually power the entire JLR range.
Speaking at the opening of the new site, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said, “The engine manufacturing centre represents all that is great about British engineering.”
Located near Wolverhampton, the site will be home to 1,400 employees who will help to build JLR's range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The company says an additional 5,500 jobs will be created in the wider automotive supply chain.
A total of 150 machines will work across three production lines to produce the Ingenium engine range. The manufacturing plant has cost in the region of £500 million to build.
The investment in its new engine family is significant for JLR. Ingenium engines are claimed to weigh up to 80kg less than the company’s current offerings, while offering improved performance and reducing CO2 emissions. All engines in the range have a fixed cylinder size of 500cc.