The first Jaguar F-Type customer cars left Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing facility last week.
The all-new sportscar has resulted in contracts worth £2.8 billion being placed with companies internationally, with in excess of £1.5 billion placed with companies in the UK.
Contracts have been awarded to more than 270 companies globally following the completion of a competitive tendering exercise on component sourcing for the vehicle. Of these, 116 are based in the UK and 50 per cent are from the Midlands.
Jaguar Land Rover has created almost 9,000 new jobs in the UK over the last two years, including 2,000 new engineers and 350 to directly support the new F-Type which is built in Castle Bromwich.
The contracts awarded to support the new model are expected to create thousands more new skilled jobs across the UK’s automotive supply chain.
Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover’s purchasing director said: “Jaguar Land Rover generates several billion pounds of economic activity here every year.
“We are working with world-class suppliers to strengthen the UK automotive supply base and support our ambitious plans for growth.”
Destined for customers around the world, the new Jaguar vehicles were loaded onto a train at the company’s onsite rail facility at Castle Bromwich.
With sales in over 170 countries, Jaguar Land Rover generates export revenues approaching £11 billion each year, making it one of the UK’s largest exporters by value.