Monday, September 19, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
JLR to set-up new engine plant in UK
Jaguar Land Rover, the British subsidiaries of the India’s leading vehicle maker Tata Motors is all set to establish a new engine plant in the Midlands, UK. The company will invest heavily (400 million pounds) to set-up this plant, which will create employment for 2,000 people. An announcement on this regard is expected to be made on Monday from the company’s side. According to the recent media reports in the UK market, the car maker is also mulling to establish a diesel engine manufacturing plant in UK.
The New plant of British marquee JLR will be based in the enterprise zone of Wolverhampton at the i54 business park. The reports further elaborates that the coalition government of UK has extended financial support of 10 million pounds to the firm.
The new engine manufacturing plant of JLR will take at least two years to be fully built and commence the production. JLR is also investing 1.5 billion pounds a year at its three plants at midlands, in a bid to enhance its total capacity to over 5 lakh vehicles a year, along with ramping-up its research & development initiative for new products. At present JLR provides employment to over 21,000 people in UK.
JLR was acquired by Tata Motors in December 2008, at a time when the British luxury car maker was in Ford’s regime and was making huge losses. Since the acquisition by Tata Motors, the fortunes of JLR have been turned around, and it is performing considerably well.