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Jaguar Land Rover eyes remanufacturing as first engine plant opens

Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) first dedicated engine plant could see engine remanufacturing become part of an increasingly closed-loop oriented business strategy, the company has said.

The £500m plant built in Wolverhampton is set to become operational in the last quarter of 2014. It will allow JLR to manufacture its own engines for the first time.

Jonathan Garrett, director of corporate social responsibility at JLR, told MRW the plant will also provide the UK car maker with the option of introducing engine remanufacturing operations in the future.

“We have now got an asset” he said, “it is a logical extension to [introduce] remanufacturing later.”

The move would fit in with JLR’s increased focus on a circular economy approach to car making, he added.

Prime Minister David Cameron made an inaugural visit to the Wolverhampton facility on 14 February (photo above).

He said: “Whenever I come to one of your plants, it makes my spirits soar when I see such an exciting future for British manufacturing.”

  • Read more on JLR’s closed-loop business strategies in our Big Interview with Jonathan Garrett, out in March.

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