A new Honda CR-V model started to roll off the production line at the Honda factory in South Marston, Swindon on Thursday 6 September as part of a £267 million investment programme into new models and engines at the company’s main UK plant.
This is the single biggest investment into Honda‘s UK manufacturing base in over a decade supporting the introduction of:
• New Civic (Dec 2011)
• New CR-V (Sept 2012)
• New 1.6 litre diesel engine for Honda Civic (Dec 2012)
Five hundred new staff – or Associates as they are known – have been recruited and trained this year to build these new products, taking the total workforce to 3,500.
By the end of the year, production at the Swindon plant is forecast to have doubled on last year’s figure, up to 183,000 units. Honda aims to increase that figure to 250,000 units per year, within three years.
The announcement is also good news for the UK balance of trade with 60 per cent of the production going for export. Honda’s Swindon plant produces cars and engines for over 60 countries around the world, including Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Business Secretary, Vince Cable, who will be visiting the Honda site at midday, has commented: ‘This multi-million pound investment by Honda in its twentieth year of car production in the UK is great news for Swindon and the automotive sector. Having created a host of new jobs, the investment supports Government’s ambition to encourage new investment and exports as a route to renewed growth and a more balanced economy."
Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda UK added: "This investment programme underpins Honda’s commitment to manufacturing in Britain and to our UK workforce. It also reaffirms the Swindon plant’s position as the cornerstone of Honda’s European operations, as it has been for over 20 years."
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