Jaguar Land Rover today officially opened its new Engine Manufacturing Centre located near Wolverhampton. The ——500m facility, announced in September 2011, represents a significant step in Jaguar Land Rover———s strategic investment programme and will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a generation.
Situated in the West Midlands, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the Ingenium engine family which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. This starts with the 2.0-litre diesel, which rolls off the production line early next year, destined for the new Jaguar XE. Jaguar Land Rover is drawing on the expertise of 2,000 powertrain engineers and the new 1,400 strong team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre to deliver the next generation of highly efficient, ultra-low emission 4 cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
This facility is home to the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, comprising no fewer than 21,000 individual panels. It is estimated that these panels will generate more than 30% of the plant———s energy requirements, providing the same amount of energy required to power 1,600 homes. 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.———