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Toyota Announces new £240 million Investment in Derby Plant

Fantastic news for the Derbyshire economy as Toyota announces a further £240m investment in its manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derby.

 

The facility, which is around 16 miles from our Ilkeston dealership, builds the Auris and Avensis models, is to be upgraded progressively with new technologies, systems and equipment in preparation for production of vehicles that are underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. Currently, only the C-HR and Prius use the platform, but Toyota hopes that by 2020 the majority of Global Toyota models will use the TNGA platform in its various forms.

 

The investment, which includes £21.3 million from the UK government for training, research and development, will further improve the environmental aspect of the plant.

 

Toyota Burnaston

 

Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said:

 

“We are very focused on securing the global competitiveness of our European plants. The roll-out of TNGA manufacturing capability is part of this plan. This upgrade of TMUK is a sign of confidence in our employees and suppliers and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency. We welcome the UK Government funding contribution for this activity.”

 

“Our investment demonstrates that, as a company, we are doing all we can to raise the competitiveness of our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success.”

 

Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) is comprised of the Burnaston car factory and the engine plant in Deeside, North Wales. Established in 1989, these facilities were Toyota’s first major European production sites and have built over 4 million vehicles and 5 million engines for export all over the globe. Total investment since 1989 is over £2.5 billion and currently 3,000 people are employed by TMUK.