CHERY Jaguar Land Rover opened its new engine plant in Changshu, Jiangsu Province today, as the company aims to localize production of its vehicle engines and better adapt to the Chinese market.
“This is Jaguar Land Rover’s first new engine plant outside the UK,” said Murray Dietsch, president of Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co Ltd. “The new engine plant will apply cutting edge technologies and produce the vehicle engines, which are in par with the technologies in UK.”
China is now the largest market for Jaguar Land Rover and the new engines produced here will be used in its locally-produced models to better serve China’s market.
Chery Jaguar Land Rover engine plant covers an area of 51,000 square meters with an initial production capability of 130,000 engines per year.
The engine plant consists of core function areas including an automated and flexible production line, machining hall, assembly hall, quality area, logistics area and office space for 149 staff members.
The company expect the new plant can help it upgrade from making whole vehicles only to producing key components of the vehicle. The new plant is to apply intelligent manufacturing which contributes to China’s “Made in China 2025” Plan.
Established in 2012, Chery Land Rover Automobile Co Ltd is a joint venture formed between Chinese auto maker Chery Automobile Co Ltd and UK car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover.