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Lotus Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Norwich

Auto News - Published on Sat, 11 Jul 2020

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Lotus Cars announced that its steel fabrication at Vulcan Road, Norwich and lightweight structures in Worcester businesses will be brought together in to one new, larger facility at Hurricane Way in Norwich with the creation of up to 125 new jobs. The 12,300 square meter Hurricane Way factory will be converted to a new high tech sub-assembly facility to house manufacturing of the award-winning aluminium extruded and bonded aluminium chassis for the Evora, Exige and Elise Lotus sportscars, along with manufacturing of aluminium components for other global car companies. The facility will also house the steel welding and fabrication of sub-frames, suspension components and other key parts for Lotus cars.

As Lotus Cars’ expansion continues under new ownership since 2017, the company has outgrown existing facilities in Worcester and Norwich, and by moving into one, combined new location, the company will take the opportunity to further upgrade machinery and tooling in readiness for new Lotus sportscars to be launched in the coming years. The investment from Lotus, which has its headquarters and sports car manufacturing in Hethel, Norfolk, further demonstrates its commitment to the region and to Norwich.

Lotus Lightweight Structures’ current facility in Worcester will be re-purposed by the freeholder and Lotus will relocate from the facility in May 2021. Worcestershire-based staff will be offered the opportunity to continue their roles in Norwich, where the company is recruiting for both the new Hurricane Way facility and Hethel HQ.

Group Lotus is based in Hethel in Norfolk in UK. It is part of Geely Automotive, the fastest growing automotive group in the world. Geely has a 51% controlling stake, with 49% owned by Etika Automotive, a Malaysian conglomerate. Lotus Cars builds world-class, high-performance sports cars including the Evora, Elise and Exige ranges. In July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar. Production will start in 2020.

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Posted By : Nishith Sharma on Sat, 11 Jul 2020
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