Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled plans to build a £20 million technical centre in Ryton – creating 100 new jobs.
The car maker has chosen the ProLogis site to be its global centre of excellence for the creation of luxury, limited edition and extreme performance vehicles.
Operations at the facility, which will be known as the company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical Centre, are scheduled to begin towards the end of the year.
A team of 150 specialists will be based there and 100 of these jobs will be new, according to Jaguar Land Rover. It says the centre will help it to meet the increasing expectations of customers.
John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “We are excited by the capability and potential that this new facility will give us.”
The centre’s facilities will feature a VIP customer commissioning suite for bespoke services and premium vehicle personalisation, Formula 1-inspired flexible workshops and a specialist paint studio.
The location will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s existing engineering, design and testing facilities at Whitley and Gaydon, and the new Jaguar Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, Coventry.
The first vehicle to roll out of the new SVO Technical Centre will be the Jaguar F-Type Project 7, the most powerful and fastest production Jaguar to date. This is an exclusive product, with just 250 models being made available worldwide.
Each F-Type Project 7 will start life at the company’s plant in Castle Bromwich, before transferring to the SVO Technical Centre where it will be completed by hand. Customer deliveries will begin from mid-2015.
Mr Edwards added: “We will be creating truly iconic vehicles that reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands as we expand our product portfolio and fulfil our ambitious plans.”
In 2013, Jaguar Land Rover sold 425,006 vehicles, up 19 per cent on the previous year.