Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
If you want an idea of the scale at which Toyota’s Welsh production team goes to work, it’s probably best to let the statistics speak for themselves. Deeside Engine Plant produces around 1,300 engines every day – that’s one every 44 seconds – and the 329 parts of each engine go as far as Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. When it first moved into its north Wales home in 1991 the car giant might not have expected the production powerhouse to have become quite as prolific as it is now. Starting with 70 employees in 1992, the site has been responsible for more than three and a half million engines and around five million engine sets, making the most of cutting-edge technology in expert hands. More than 600 highly trained staff are now based at the state-of-the-art centre, which plays a key role in the Welsh and UK economies and is renowned for being an eco-plant, promoting energy-efficient manufacturing, sustainable energy and biodiversity.
In recent years, Deeside became the first overseas Toyota plant to produce hybrid electric engines. Now over 65% of its build is hybrid electric engines for the Auris model produced in the UK and for the new C-HR model produced in Turkey. Engines and components are also exported to Japan, South Africa and Brazil.
Increasing public interest in eco vehicles has led to additional demand for their hybrid engines which has meant introducing a third shift and employing an additional 100 employees.
The decision to manufacture hybrids in Wales was both recognition of the facility’s performance and a hugely exciting challenge for its engineers and technicians, who cast, machine and assemble their engines from a base spanning almost half a million square feet. This Welsh team’s feats of engineering excellence are a proud combination of productivity and world-class manufacturing skills.