JLR supplier to create 300 jobs at Telford factory

JLR supplier to create 300 jobs at Telford factory

A new factory in Telford which is being built to support Jaguar Land Rover's continued growth is set to create almost 300 jobs for the local area.

Global automotive supplier Magna International has chosen T54 as the site for a 225,000 sq ft aluminium casting facility which has received financial support from the Regional Growth Fund and assistance from UKTI and the Automotive Investment Organisation.

Construction is expected to start towards the end of this year and production is scheduled to begin in 2018, with 295 jobs available when it is operating at full capacity.

T54 is Telford and Wrekin's flagship automotive and manufacturing employment site, and is located just 12 miles from Jaguar Land Rover's i54 site.

The factory will use Magna's high-pressure vacuum die casting process to produce a number of advanced lightweight aluminum castings, a key building block in the next generation of all-aluminum and multi-material vehicle architectures.

Magna International bought Shropshire firm Stadco last October, adding 1,400 staff in the UK and Germany to its 125,000-strong global workforce.

Stadco supplied body-in-white (BIW) products and services to a range of automotive manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and GM.

Magna, through its Cosma International operating unit, supplies a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to automakers around the world.

John Farrell, president of Cosma International, said: "We are excited to work closely with Jaguar Land Rover in the development of this project which will bring the most advanced structural casting technologies to the UK.

"As lightweighting continues to be a key technology driver, we are uniquely positioned to help automakers achieve optimal weight savings throughout the vehicle architecture."

Cllr Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for business, said: "This signals the dawn of a bright new era of opportunity for everyone in the borough.

“In Telford, we pride ourselves on being inventive and dynamic and the details of the high tech production process Magna has announced for its planned facility shows that they are a perfect fit for us."