Jaguar Land Rover has officially opened its new Engine Manufacturing Centre at the i54 Business Park close to Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, UK. The £500m facility, announced in September 2011, will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a number of years.
The Engine Manufacturing Centre will be home to the ‘Ingenium’ engine family, which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products beginning with the 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Jaguar XE.
Jaguar Land Rover broke ground on the i54 Business Park site in June 2012. Today, the 100,000m² state-of-the-art facility houses an engine-testing centre alongside manufacturing and assembly halls, and meets the highest standards of sustainable production. The facility is home to the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, which is estimated to be capable of generating more than 30% of the plant’s energy requirements.
“The Engine Manufacturing Centre represents all that is great about British engineering. Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain,” stated Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover.
Commenting on the importance of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at the site said, “Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is an important step in advancing the competitiveness and capability of the UK automotive sector. The production of in-house engines will support the expansion of the UK supply chain providing critical mass for inward investment.”