300 jobs at Coventry auto supplier after Nissan Qashqai boost

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 by The Manufacturer

A contract to supply window regulators for the new Nissan Qashqai is creating 300 jobs at Coventry automotive supplier Brose UK.

The German family-owned specialist of mechatronic systems and electric motors has set up an additional 7000 sq metre facility in the City to meet demand from the Japanese car manufacturer and existing customers including Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Toyota.

The move will ensure the firm more than quadruples its workforce since 2012 as it fills the 300 new positions in shopfloor operatives and general assembly workers, to team leaders, quality, production and maintenance engineers.

Brose UK has also said it is committed to supporting the recent upturn in the automotive sector and is keen to increase its local sourcing, having already taken on four new domestic suppliers.

Thomas Kohlbauer, managing director of Brose UK, said the Nissan contract is an illustration of the company’s recent success while reaffirming its commitment to the city of Coventry.

Thomas Kohlbauer
Thomas Kohlbauer, managing director, Brose UK.

“This deal drove our decision to create a new world class window regulator production facility in Courtaulds Way and I’m pleased to say this is now up and running, with 100 highly trained staff working on state-of-the-art automated machinery,” he said.

“This gives us the ability to meet predicted volumes for Nissan, JLR and Toyota, whilst also providing the capacity to explore new opportunities in this market.”

Brose UK is also enjoying similar growth in its other manufacturing operation at Exhall, which has been the recipient of more than £15m worth of investment to meet record volume levels for front and rear seating systems, credited to the volume increases across the three JLR UK sites.