£230m invested in Halewood since 2011

AUTOMOTIVE giant Jaguar Land Rover today revealed that it has invested £230m in its Halewood plant since 2011.

The manufacturer, part of India’s Tata Group, has trebled the workforce at the Merseyside factory to 4,500 in the last three years.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is celebrating two years of production of the Evoque model today, said more than 220,000 Evoques have been built in the last 24 months.

Production is now 24 hours a day – something that began in August 2012 and a first in Halewood’s 50 year history.

Jaguar Land Rover said that since 2011 it had awarded contracts worth £3bn to UK suppliers.

Richard Else, Halewood operations director, said: “The Range Rover Evoque has been a huge success for the company and Halewood. Even after two years and with almost 200,000 on the road, this car still turns heads wherever you go, which is a remarkable achievement.

“Equally amazing is the 4,500 strong workforce at Halewood. Just 12 months ago when we added 1,000 new jobs, to move to 24-hour production, we had 3,500 applicants applying to be part of the team. This says a huge amount about the desire to work here.”

Around 80% of Evoques are exported to 187 global markets – generating an estimated £2bn in annual export value for the UK.