Thursday, 15 March 2012

UK automotive industry on the up

Yesterday Jaguar announced it would be creating 1,000 more jobs at its Halewood factory on Merseyside. This is on top of another 1,000 jobs confirmed for Jaguars Solihull plant earlier on in the year.  This will take the site’s workforce to over 4,500, more than treble than that of three years ago, whilst Jaguar dealers across the UK continue to expand.

Roger Maddison, Unite national officer, said: "Britain's car industry is bucking the trend of manufacturing decline. It is proof that with the right investment and support, UK manufacturing can be a success story."

This comes on top of more good news for UK motor industry as earlier in the week Nissan launched a joint venture £125 million investment program to manufacture a new model in the UK, creating 2,000 jobs.  The new Nissan Note will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant.

Ford have also proposed a £1.5bn investment in new ECO technologies, safeguarding over 2,500 jobs at six different sites across the UK.

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