Unipart has opened a new factory in Coventry to meet rising demand for the automotive fuel systems.
The new factory will be run under the name Kautex Unipart Ltd (KUL), the joint venture between Unipart and its German partner Kautex Textron Gmbh.
KUL already makes around 640,000 fuel tanks annually for big automotive OEMs like Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Honda.
The new site, which adds to another existing factory in Coventry, will add capacity to meet rising demand.
“Our customer base has grown and the volumes of our major customers have grown,” said KUL’s new plant manager Dave Pound.
“We’ve been able to increase our manufacturing capability to meet the needs of our customers today and to be ready for future growth, which could be as much as a million units by 2018.”
The new site, which will be known as KUL2, is 7,500 sq. m and will house assembly and sequencing operations.
Around 45 of KUL’s 300 employees will be move to KUL2 where around £6m has been invested in new blow mould technology which will allow KUL’s fuel systems to have lower emissions.
The Unipart Group employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of more than £1billion.