Toyota Manufacturing UK is a glowing example of collaboration between a global company and the UK, said Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones as the company announces the creation of new jobs at its North Wales site.
Mr Jones will visit Toyota’s UK Engine Plant in Deeside today (1 March) where increasing demand has let to the creation of up to 70 new jobs at the plant.
He will be given a tour of the engine plant and meet with senior Toyota executives, as well as the workforce making a significant contribution to the manufacturing sector in Wales.
In September last year, Toyota celebrated the milestone of 20 years of manufacturing vehicle engines in North Wales, and in January, reclaimed its position as the world’s largest car maker.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones said:
“Toyota is a world class manufacturing company and the plant in Wales is one of the jewels in our economy. The investment and commitment to the area has not only provided sustained economic benefits and employment opportunities, but has resulted in the development of a strong bond between the company and the local community at Deeside.
“The UK Government recognises that manufacturing is at the heart of a healthy and balanced UK economy. There is now growing international recognition of our automotive industry and the interest in our national ambition to generate growth in the whole advanced manufacturing sector.
“Over the last two years (September 2010 to September 2012) the number of workforce jobs in the manufacturing sector in Wales has increased by 19,000, an increase of 14 per cent. Across the UK as a whole the number of workforce jobs in the manufacturing sector has increased by 1.6 per cent.
“Toyota has made a vital contribution to this success. It is a glowing example of collaboration between a global company and the UK, and a demonstration of why Wales continues to be a prime location to invest and do business.”
Mr Jones will be hosted by Richard Kenworthy, Plant Director at Toyota, and General Affairs Manager Graham Hillier, who is a member of the Secretary of State’s Business Advisory Group.
Mr Kenworthy explains that the company has won further business due to its ability to demonstrate the plant’s ability to perform at the highest level:
“This is great news for the plant and for Wales. Our TMUK members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace.”
The engine plant is located in the Deeside Enterprise Zone, which has been designated by the Welsh Government as the focus for Advanced Manufacturing in Wales.
During the visit, Mr Jones will also tour the Toyota Lean Manufacturing Centre and meet with apprentices and members of the company’s graduate scheme.