Posted: Thu 11th Feb 2016

Toyota to invest £7m in Deeside plant as company announces plans to produce hybrid engine for new crossover model

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016

Toyota’s forthcoming hybrid crossover will feature engines built at the manufacturer’s plant in Deeside, following confirmation today of investment worth £7m in the engine plant. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Project to benefit from Toyota investment of around £7 million.
  • Hybrid engines to be exported to Turkey to be built into the model based on the Toyota C-HR concept.

The addition of the new high-tech engine to the factory’s production is attracting additional investment of around £7 million in operations by Toyota Motor Europe, including grant support of more than £700,000 from the Welsh Government, Economy Minister Edwina Hart’s is to visit the plant today. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

New hybrid engine will help secure jobs at the Deeside plant and reaffirms the facility’s central role in Toyota’s European manufacturing operations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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 and commitment of our workforce.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Deeside was chosen to be Toyota’s first plant in Europe to manufacture a hybrid engine and we are proud to have delivered on that opportunity and to have now been selected to build this next generation hybrid engine.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Team Leader Paul Hughes checking a trial engine, watched by Edwina HArt AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport and Jim Crosbie Plant Director

Team Leader Paul Hughes checking a trial engine, watched by Edwina HArt AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport and Jim Crosbie Plant Director

On a visit to Deeside Toyota’s plant today, Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport 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 hybrid engine 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. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

New Toyota C-HR Concept

New Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota’s new crossover model is being developed from the C-HR concept car unveiled last year at the Frankfurt motor show. The car will be built at Toyota’s factory in Turkey. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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