Toyota will upgrade its Burnaston factory to accommodate production of vehicles on its new global platform

Toyota has announced that its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire will be upgraded to accommodate production of vehicles on its new global platform, thanks to an investment of £240 million.

The move is part of a global programme to ensure all of its plants can produce vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. TNGA already underpins the fourth-generation Prius and the Toyota C-HR crossover, which is built in Turkey. The majority of Toyota’s models will use TNGA by 2020.

Currently, the Burnaston factory builds the Auris hatchback and estate, including hybrid variants, and the Avensis saloon. A Toyota spokesman told Autocar that the plans "future-proofed" the plant but could not confirm whether the same models would be produced there in future. However, he added that production and employee numbers would not be affected.

With a new Auris due next year and set to be built on the TNGA, the upgrade to facilitate the platform will need to be in place in the next 12 months. 

The car maker said the investment will “improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK supply chain efficiencies”.

Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl said the company was focused on “securing the global competitiveness of our European plants. The roll-out of TNGA manufacturing capability is part of this plan”.

Van Zyl also addressed concerns regarding Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU. “Our investment demonstrates that, as a company, we are doing all we can to raise the competitiveness of our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire,” he said. “Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success.”

The UK government is also set to invest £21.3m in the project to support skills and training, research and development and innovation.

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “Our automotive sector is one of the most productive in the world and Toyota’s decision to invest £240 million upgrading its Burnaston plant is a further boost to the UK auto sector. I also welcome the prospect of investment to take Toyota New Global Architecture into the supply chain.

“Toyota is one of the world’s largest car producers and this inward investment underlines the company’s faith in its employees and will help ensure the plant is well positioned for future Toyota models to be made in the UK.”

Toyota's Burnaston factory opened in 1992, first producing the Carina E saloon. In 2016, it rolled 180,396 vehicles off its line and is at full capacity.

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16 March 2017
So what gives? Brexit going ahead and Toyota and Nissan announce further investment, whilst BMW threaten withdrawl and production of the e-Mini in Germany. It basically proves BMW don't have and never have had any commitment to production in the UK in the medium to long term and are now using Brexit as a fig-leaf to cover their true intents. A truly despicable company.

16 March 2017
I don't think they would have built Hams Hall if they never had medium term production commitment. Maybe the problem is that Cowley is too cramped a site to meet full Mini capacity? It would be nice if BMW had more design/engineering based in the UK. The government needs to give them more support, not necessarily overtly financial.

16 March 2017
Read the full statement and Toyota will not guarantee investment unless there is 'Continued tariff/barrier free market access between UK & EU that is predictable...will be vital for future success' Really depends on the outcome of this Brexit fiasco. No doubt Nissan and newly acquired Vauxhall will need the same conditions. It's not rocket science.

16 March 2017
Read the full statement, where does it use the word "unless" in the statement. It's not rocket science putting your own spin on things.

 

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16 March 2017
Good news but would the taxpayer have had to throw in a £21.3 million bung if Brexit wasn't happening? What vehicles are they going to build besides Auris - higher margin SUV types?

16 March 2017
To your national debate about independence... Surely the fact that the GBP has fallen about 20% makes U.K. Manufacture way more competitive for export; nobody's suggesting tariffs as high as that! And local manufacture for UK sales would be much more competitive than importing if barriers are raised. Now I can see that many component parts are imported and these might attract the tariff but they must cost less than whole cars! And since the UK imports twice as many cars as it exports, surely the higher the tariff the better? Win win as far as I can see! Well done UK! Robbo

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

16 March 2017
Err...

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