At a pre-Geneva motor show press conference, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth announced that the company is to create an additional 700 jobs at its still-unopened engine facility in Wolverhampton.
Jaguar Land Rover had previously committed £350m and 750 jobs to the new plant, which is still being constructed on the i54 business park on the border between Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.
Today’s announcement will see those numbers rise to £500m invested and almost 1500 employees by the time the factory comes on stream, most likely in 2015. The news comes just two months after JLR announced it would create an extra 800 jobs at its Solihull plant.
The new i54 plant will make engines of “up to four cylinders” and will play significant part in shedding Jaguar Land Rover’s dependence on the Ford-sourced engines it uses today.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Group Sales, Phil Popham, told Autocar that the company wants “strategic control” of its powerplants, and that a new generation of petrol and diesel engines is currently being developed.