Secretary of state for Wales visits Toyota's Deeside plant to celebrate increased engine demand and job creation
Toyota UK's Engine Plant, located in Deeside, North Wales today welcomed the creation of 70 jobs at the plant in order to meet increased demand.
Recruitment has already started and the additional jobs are the result of Toyota vehicles produced in Brazil now receiving machined parts from the Deeside plant, as well as preparation for upcoming start of production of the Auris Touring Sports model at Toyota's UK vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Both activities will lead to increased demand for engines produced at the Deeside facility.
David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales who was visiting the Toyota plant today said:
"Toyota has made a vital contribution to the growing success of the UK car manufacturing sector and to the creation of sustainable jobs in North Wales. It is a glowing example of collaboration between a global company and the UK, and a demonstration of why Wales continues to be a prime location to invest and do business."
Richard Kenworthy, Director of Deeside engine manufacturing plant also commented:
"This is great news for the plant and for Wales. Our TMUK members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace."
Note to editors:
Toyota's decision to establish a manufacturing operation in the UK was announced in 1989 and Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd was established in December of that year.
The UK was Toyota's first European manufacturing operation and has since benefited from more than £2.1 billion investment in its two plants, the vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire and the engine manufacturing plant in Deeside, Flintshire. The engine plant was the first to become operational in September 1992. It occupies a site of 115 acres / 0.48 million sq meters and currently employs over 500 people.
TMUK at Deeside currently builds engines for both its UK-manufactured vehicles and for export Burnaston is the global production centre for Avensis and also builds Auris and Auris Hybrid models.
Over its twenty year history the plant has produced several generations of engines for Toyota models from the Carina E to the latest UK built Auris and Auris Hybrid. It currently makes 1.6l and 1.8l petrol engines.