To strengthen its long-term commitment to Britain, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will be investing 450 million pounds to expand its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton. The plant is responsible for the production of brand’s Ingenium engines that are employed in various JLR models.

The Ingenium engine was first unveiled in July 2014, where it was announced that the Jaguar XE will be the first recipient of the modular engine. The Land Rover Discovery Sport was the next vehicle to receive the engine. The EMC also produces engines for the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF and the Jaguar F-Pace, with the latter being recently introduced.

With this latest investment, the company has put in a total of one billion pounds into the site, with the capability of generating several hundred new jobs. Since its inception twelve months ago, the EMC now has 700 employees with further recruitment ongoing. JLR’s global workforce is expected to hit 40,000 strong by next year.

The expansion programme will see the EMC expand its operational footprint to 200,000 square metres. Such a move is necessary to meet global demand for current and future models. The Midland based facility has moved from prototype production of the Ingenium engine to full-scale manufacture, with more than 50,000 engines coming off the production line.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said, “we are proud to be such a significant investor in advanced manufacturing in Britain and are excited by this expansion and the new jobs it will create. The Engine Manufacturing Centre is a strategically significant facility for Jaguar Land Rover.

“The decision to expand our operations at the site provides a clear signal of our commitment to meeting customer demand for cleaner and more efficient engines, whilst developing the skills and capability that Britain needs if it is to remain globally competitive,” he added.