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Changan UK Expansion in West Midlands UK

100 new jobs at Chinese car giant’s Midland base

One of the largest car manufacturers in China, Changan Automobile, have further strengthened their position in the UK’s automotive market, with the acquisition of 80,000 sq ft offices at Birmingham Business Park. Having operated in the UK since 2010, Changan UK has more than trebled its footprint within the last three months, resulting in the creation of 100 new jobs.

The new site at the Birmingham Business Park will form the worldwide headquarters of its Powertrain and Research & Development divisions.

Dr Xiaoyu Zhang, general manager of Changan UK, said: “Our new site at Birmingham Business Park in the UK will become a world-class powertrain research centre.

“This new location will strengthen our commitment to the UK market by promoting the growth and sustainability of Changan UK, developing links with local universities and creating new jobs for the region.”

Changan is one of the biggest car manufacturers in China. It has nearly 50,000 employees worldwide and is affiliated to the state-owned China South Industries Group Corporation – its notable joint ventures include ChanganFord and ChanganSuzuki.


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Jaguar Land Rover unveils new factory plans

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities after signing a letter of intent to build a new factory in Slovakia. As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver more lightweight vehicles, the new plant would aim to produce up to 300,000 vehicles over the next decade; with the first batch of cars to come off the production line in 2018.

The expansion reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing ambition to bring production closer to key markets and become more globally competitive.

Robert Fico, prime minister of Slovakia, said: “We are committed to developing Slovakia’s premium automotive industry and, should we be successful, this investment would represent a significant step forward in achieving this. It would provide a boost to our country’s wider industrial strategy as well as benefiting the European Union as a whole.

“We look forward to working closely with Jaguar Land Rover over the coming months to progress the negotiations.”

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans to build vehicles in Austria, and they are currently in talks with other European countries and the US to build another manufacturing plant. The locations are largely picked for the growth potential of nearby car markets.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive at Jaguar Land Rover, has said: “The expansion of our business globally is essential to support its long-term, resilient growth. As well as creating additional capacity, it allows us to invest in the development of more new vehicles and technologies, which supports jobs in the UK.”

Over the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people taking its workforce to more than 36,000 and invested more than £11 billion in new technology and development centres. That includes investing more than £500 million in a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK for production of it’s ingenium four cylinder engine.

Despite JLR’s overseas expansion signalling a move away from its UK manufacturing base, Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth confirms: “The UK remains at the centre of our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Partnerships such as this will complement our UK operations and engineering”.

Source: Birmingham Post

 

 

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Limited Edition Ford Transit Marks 50th Anniversary

The Ford Transit is 50 years old and to mark the occasion, rally specialist M-Sport has teamed up with Van Sport to produce a limited edition Transit van. Replicating the appearance of M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car (WRC), the special edition Transit comes complete with a WRC-inspired bodykit and hand-crafted leather interior.

A new exhaust gives the van the thrilling sound expected of a sports car, and the new steering wheel, roof spoiler and lowered suspension adds to this look and feel. A unique numbered plate identifies the limited edition status of the vehicle and an exclusive range of M-Sport branding options allow buyers to specify how they would like the vehicle to look.

M-Sport’s Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said: “This is a fantastic project which we are all extremely proud to be involved in. Combining Ford’s driving dynamics and the Transit’s versatility with Van Sport’s ingenuity and style, this product compliments the M-Sport brand which is all about quality, performance and flair.”

 

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Jaguar begins production of new XE

The much-anticipated production of the new Jaguar XE has officially began at the Wolverhampton & Solihull plants, creating £4 billion of work for companies across the UK.

The full scale operation will include the production of Jaguar’s Ingenium four cylinder engine which will power the first of the new Jaguar XEs as they roll of the production line. Later in the year the new Land Rover Discovery Sport will also go into production at the Wolverhampton plant, also powered by the Ingenium engine. JLR announced last year that it was taking on around 200 more people as it geared up for this engine production and the need for further staff will continue to grow for many years. It is anticipated that 1,500 will work at the Wolverhampton factory.

Across the other side of the Midlands, production of the new Jaguar XE’s aluminium body will take place at JLR’s Solihull plant where another 1,300 automotive engineers are being recruited. The Solihull site normally produces Land Rovers and Range Rovers, but will this year make way for the highly anticipated XE. As well as the investment in the Wolverhampton & Solihull plant, JLR has also recently announced further investment by doubling the size of it’s plant in Whitley and pumping £450 million into it’s Castle Bromwich’s site. All this further strengthens JLR position in the West Midlands and the rest of the UK.

JLR purchasing director Ian Harnett said “Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s success stories, not simply because it has seen an upsurge in demand thanks to sustained investment, but because it has been able to support a burgeoning, high-tech highly skilled supply base here in the UK.

“With each successive new or upgraded model, we are seeing the positive impact felt amongst the entire automotive sector which is great news for everyone committed to ensuring the UK remains truly competitive on a global stage.”

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Fully autonomous cars in the UK

Connected Cars WILL provide a BIG boost to the Midlands growing automotive sector

A report commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have predicted that connected cars, or more rather the ‘driver-less car’, will have a massive impact on the UKs automotive & manufacturing sector, specifically in the Midlands.

As well as creating a £51 billion opportunity for businesses and potentially thousands of jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector, the report predicts connected cars will also improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase vehicle efficiency and cut c02 emissions.  All this will evidently provide a huge boost for an already growing automotive sector in the Midlands.

Last month we suggested that the fully autonomous car is still a long way off, but new reports have suggested that they may be a lot closer than we first originally thought. The report provided by the SMMT predicts that by 2030 every new car will have some form of connectivity, and this can certainly be evident in cars coming of the production line even today, from the likes of Jaguar, Ford & BMW. More than a quarter of these cars however will become fully autonomous, and research suggests it will prevent more than 25,000 serious accidents on the road.

Last month Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to boost the Midlands automotive industry by investing £400 million at its Castle Bromwich plant in order to build the new Jaguar XE. Furthermore, last week Geely, owner of the London Taxi Company, announced plans to invest a staggering £1 billion in the Midlands to produce its electric-hybrid London Black Cab. This glowing future predicted for the automotive sector will further enhance the UKs car manufacturing sector, which is up more than 50% in the past five years alone.

Finally, the report has forecast that over 320,000 jobs will be created in the UK by 2030 of which 25,000 will be within the automotive manufacturing sector, mainly within the Midlands. This all means that it is a very exciting time to be an automotive engineer!

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