Jaguar Land Rover will double the size of its Engine Manufacturing Center (EMC) in the UK as part of a £450-million (US$679-million) expansion program. Total investment in the site, which opened a year ago, now stands at £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) making it the most significant new automotive manufacturing facility to be built in the UK in the last decade.
The EMC is home to the high technology, low emission Ingenium engine (earlier post)—Jaguar Land Rover’s first venture into in-house engine manufacturing in a generation. In just twelve months, the Midland based facility has moved from prototype production to full-scale manufacture with more than 50,000 engines coming off the production line.
The Ingenium engine launched initially in the Jaguar XE in April 2015 and was followed quickly by the Discovery Sport, two of the most significant product launches from the British manufacturer accounting for sales of 65,800 in the year so far. The EMC is the heart of Jaguar Land Rover’s UK manufacturing operations, supplying all three vehicle plants with engines which also power the Range Rover Evoque, all-new Jaguar XF and soon to be launched Jaguar F-PACE.
This latest phase in the development of the EMC will see the site increase its operational footprint to 200,000 square meters, supporting capacity uplift as the company continues on its product offensive to deliver more exciting new products to customers.