Toyota to produce next generation hybrid engines in Wales
Economy Minister Edwina Hart has welcomed the news that Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) is to build next generation hybrid engines at its Deeside plant in North Wales in a £7m investment supported by the Welsh Government.
The 1.8 litre hybrid engines will be exported to Turkey, where the future crossover model based on the Toyota C-HR concept will be built. The investment by Toyota Motor Europe in Deeside will be supported by £700,000 from the Welsh Government.
The decision reinforces TMUK Deeside’s reputation for superior quality and productivity and helps secure around 130 existing jobs at the plant.
On a visit to Toyota’s plant on Deeside Enterprise Zone today the Minister said:
“This is excellent news and I am delighted this very significant investment has been secured for Toyota’s facility on Deeside. It will not only provide a platform for growth in what is an extremely competitive market but will help secure the long term sustainable future of the plant and safeguard skilled, well paid jobs in the region.
“It is a strong vote of confidence in the management team and the highly skilled workforce and a clear reflection of the expertise at Deeside. Toyota’s importance to the Welsh economy is recognised by its Anchor Company status and I am pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this latest investment on site.”
The new engine is the latest generation of Toyota’s world-leading hybrid powertrain technology and will play an important role in Toyota Motor Europe’s ambitions for increasing hybrid vehicle sales.
It will be built at Deeside alongside current production of petrol and hybrid petrol units for the Auris range, manufactured by TMUK at Burnaston in Derbyshire. Engines are also exported from the plant to other Toyota manufacturing centres in Europe, South America, South Africa and Japan.
Welcoming the news, Jim Crosbie, Engine Plant Director, said:
“Toyota has a long and successful record of building engines in North Wales. This announcement is a big vote of confidence in the high skills, quality of work and commitment of our workforce.”
Dr Johan van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe President and CEO said:
“The crossover market has been booming and will continue to grow in Europe and elsewhere. We are entering the C-segment crossover market with a fantastic new product with a hybrid powertrain from the start. It will provide our European operations with further perspectives for sustainable growth.”