Up to 125 new jobs could be created in Norwich, after Lotus Cars announced they're merging their sub-assembly and chassis manufacturing businesses together under one new operation at Hurricane Way.
The car manufacturer says it will initially create 50 new roles, with a further 75 anticipated beyond that.
Norwich City Council played their part in securing the move for Lotus and council leader, Alan Waters had this to say on the news:
“Lotus is a truly iconic brand, all over the world.
"But here in Norwich, and the county as a whole, we’ve long enjoyed a sense of local pride and ownership thanks to the business being based in different parts of the region for many years.
“We’re delighted the company has shown its continued and deepening commitment to Norwich by choosing the Hurricane Way site as a new base for the high-tech manufacturing element of the business.
“The potential of dozens of new jobs in the pipeline also comes at a particularly welcome time as we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic.
"We very much look forward to continuing to work with Lotus as the new facility gets up and running.”
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership also helped to facilitate the move and Chief Executive, Chris Starke added:
“We are delighted to have helped Lotus complete this deal to develop a new production facility in Norwich.
"It underlines the commitment of this globally-recognised brand to the county with which it is synonymous, and reinforces our region as a centre of excellence in low volume, high-tech manufacturing.
“The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will also be supporting a training programme aimed at upskilling existing staff and providing technical apprenticeships, ensuring this region has the skills that are needed in its key sectors.”
The 12,300 m2 Hurricane Way factory will house manufacturing processes for aluminium used on a raft of their sports cars, as well as other key components used on their cars.
It represents the combination of their existing facilities in Worcester and Norwich to prepare for the launch of new sports cars in the coming years.
David Hewitt, Executive Director of Operations, Lotus Cars said:
“By bringing the aluminium chassis and steel sub-assembly manufacturing businesses together into one facility, we can further improve upon efficiencies and productivity for Lotus manufacturing.
"Being located close to Lotus’ HQ in Hethel, Norfolk where all Lotus cars are assembled, will also benefit the business as we expand further into the future.”
Staff at The Lotus Lightweight Structures' current facility in Worcester will be offered the chance to continue their roles in Norwich, with Lotus planning to relocate from the facility in May 2021.