£7 million JLR contract secures Montupet jobs

The new engine parts will be sent for assembly at JLRs Wolverhampton  facility which employs 1,400 people
The new engine parts will be sent for assembly at JLRs Wolverhampton facility which employs 1,400 people

Dunmurrycomponent casting specialist Montupet has seen off an international challenge to secure the contract for a new cylinder head for the global automotive market from Jaguar Land Rover.

The win brings an investment of £7 million to the plant, which produces components for the global automotive industry, and will underpin more than 40 jobs from 2019 onwards.

“I am delighted to announce that Montupet (UK) Ltd has secured this production order,” said managing director John McMichael.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a new customer for the Belfast plant.

“This is great news for the future of the plant and our workforce and highlights our ability to win new business within the UK automotive market at a time when Jaguar Land Rover and indeed the UK automotive sector is experiencing strong growth driven by world leading design and engineering and by manufacturing efficiency.”

The new cylinder head will be supplied to the new Jaguar Land Rover engine plant in Wolverhampton and will be the first time Dunmurry had prpoduced components for Jaguar Land Rover.

Alan Malcomson, Engineering Manager at Montupet (UK) Ltd, explained that this order emphasises the ability of the Dunmurry plant to compete in the global automotive marketplace, offering both quality and expertise while remaining economically competitive.

“Montupet’s commitment to investing in training and expanding skills of its employees, embracing new technology and improving processes, enhances our competitiveness and positions Montupet Dunmurry at the leading edge of casting industry efficiency and excellence,” he said.

“This contract will help to sustain jobs and secure the company’s long term future in the global automotive market.”

Montupet (UK) Ltd celebrated 25 years of production at Dunmurry in 2015 with over 600 employees producing cylinder heads for General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Peugeot / Citroen.

This latest investment brings the total in the last two years to more than £20 million.