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13/09/2013
Black Country businesses poised to benefit from Jaguar Land Rover expansion

Black Country manufacturers are being urged by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) to make the most of the latest Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) investment news.

On Tuesday (10th September) JLR announced they were to invest a further £1.5 billion in product design and expansion that will see 1,700 new jobs being created at their Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Solihull.

High Value Manufacturing (HVM) is a key sector for the Black Country and JLR’s latest expansion plans for its Solihull plant are seen by the BCLEP as a further step in the growth and rejuvenation of the West Midlands’ automotive supply chain and its global significance.

The Black Country has the highest concentration of HVM companies of all the LEP areas in England.

Black Country businesses produce many component parts for JLR resulting in more opportunities for local manufacturers to expand production and recruit new staff. The current ratio of supply chain jobs created in proportion to those at the main plant stand at four people to every role.

The news provides a further confidence boost to the region with previous investment having been injected into the i54 Enterprise Zone in South Staffordshire.

Stewart Towe, chairman of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "We are delighted the West Midlands has secured further investment from Jaguar Land Rover which demonstrates yet again that manufacturing is going from strength to strength in the Black Country and the wider region.”

The BCLEP aims to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish resulting in greater economic prosperity across the Black Country area.

The new JLR engine plant based in the Black Country Enterprise Zone will be supplying engines for the mid-sized premium sports sedan.

Announcement of the new jobs at the Solihull site in the Midlands will bring the total number of UK manufacturing jobs announced by JLR over the last three years to almost 11,000.

For further information contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of Black Country LEP, on 07779026720 or email HelenLAnnetts@hotmail.co.uk


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