TOYOTA’S record of manufacturing in the UK reached another landmark with the official start of production of the all-new Auris at its Burnaston factory. Toyota’s continued investment in its UK operations, which will also see new Auris Touring Sports estate car built at the plant from next year.
The decision to build the new Auris hatchback and Touring Sports estate car at TMUK has been supported by Toyota’s investment of around £185 million (€230 million), about £85 million (€105 million) of which was allocated to the supply chain. This takes Toyota’s UK investment total to more than £2.1 billion (or €2.6 billion) since it launched its operations in 1992. The project is also boosting employment and already 800 temporary workers have been recruited by TMUK. Notably all of these have been offered
Toyota production apprenticeships.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “I’m delighted to be here again in Burnaston today to mark the start of production of the latest Auris. It marks another significant milestone as Toyota celebrates 20 years of manufacturing here in the UK. Toyota’s £185 million investment is good news for the UK supply chain and helping to improve skills and training. 800 workers have already been recruited and offered Toyota production apprenticeships.
“The automotive industry is one of strategic national importance to the UK. The Automotive Council demonstrates how Government and business can work together to help promote manufacturing and growth. We want to develop this sort of partnership in more key sectors as part of our industrial strategy.”