Factory to build cars on latest Toyota global platform in big boost to UK automotive industry.
Toyota has confirmed the future of its Burnaston, UK manufacturing facility with a huge $308 million investment that will introduce the firm’s high-tech Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) car platform. The factory, which currently makes the Auris and Avensis, employs 3,400 people in Derbyshire, so the announcement is a very significant one for the UK automotive industry.
The factory’s future had been questioned by some in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in the so-called Brexit vote. In 2016, Burnaston produced 180,000 cars, most of which were exported to Europe. Some are concerned about the threat of tariffs if the UK is not able to agree a suitable post-Brexit deal.
Indeed, in making the announcement, Toyota Motor Europe president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl said that “continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success”.
Prior to confirming the future of its Sunderland facility, Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn met PM Theresa May and is believed to have received assurances that the automotive industry would not be impacted by a threat of tariffs. It is not clear if Toyota has received similar assurances.
Toyota has, however, received up to $23.3 million in support from the UK government, which will go into training, research and development, and further improving the plant’s environmental credentials.
“Our investment demonstrates that, as a company, we are doing all we can to raise the competitiveness of our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire,” said van Zyl. “The upgrade of TMUK is a sign of our confidence in our employees and suppliers and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency.”
By 2020, Toyota wants most of its global cars to be built on the TNGA platform. It’s already used by the latest Prius and C-HR and its introduction in Burnaston indicates the new Auris will switch to TNGA. Despite declines in the European large family car sector, Toyota seems determined to continue with a replacement for the Avensis too, which is likely to gain an all-turbo engine range to take on the Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia Grand Sport.
Source: Toyota Europe
Gallery: Toyota UK manufacturing plant
- Burnaston manufacturing plant in Derbyshire (UK) to be upgraded to enable
production of vehicles using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform
- Investment of more than £240 million in Toyota’s UK manufacturing operations
Brussels, Belgium – March 16th – Toyota Motor Europe today announced that it will invest a
further £240 million in its Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire
(UK). Toyota’s investment will improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK
supply chain efficiencies.
Starting this year, the Burnaston facility will be progressively upgraded with new equipment,
technologies and systems. This will enable production of vehicles on the Toyota New Global
Architecture (TNGA) platform.
The investment programme also includes up to £21.3 million support*1 from the UK Government
for training, research and development and further enhancements of the plant’s environmental
Announcing the investment, 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
Toyota has launched a global programme to upgrade its manufacturing sites to produce
TNGA-based vehicles. By 2020, the majority of Toyota’s global models will be built using TNGA
platforms. TNGA already underpins the new, fourth generation Prius and the all-new, Toyota
C-HR crossover, which is built in Turkey, vehicles that epitomise Toyota’s commitment to build
ever-better cars for our customers.
*1 Government Funding is subject to due diligence.