The largest single investment has been made at the company's Castle Bromwich plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and upgraded facilities to support the introduction of the all-new Jaguar XF.
Amongst the most notable investments at the Castle Bromwich site, in support of the all-new XF, is a £320m aluminium body shop, which completes the site's transformation into a global centre of excellence for lightweight vehicle manufacturing. This is the largest single investment in the history of the Castle Bromwich site and highlights a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the company's West Midlands manufacturing operations, which were earmarked for consolidation during the height of the global economic downturn.
The introduction of the all-new XF completes an all-aluminium line-up at the Midlands plant, which has committed significant investment to every stage of the manufacturing process. £16m has been spent on a new blanker line, which will allow the plant to turn coils of aluminium into 'blank sheets' that will be pressed into body panels and parts on a new Aida £50m press line which is currently under construction. This line will feed in to the new £320m body shop, the most flexible and versatile of its kind throughout Jaguar Land Rover, capable of switching between Jaguar's entire range of models mid-production. Finally £30m has been invested in significantly upgrading the trim and final assembly hall.
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