London, UK —— Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium vehicles, last week received a prestigious Award to Industry, from The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London. The award, presented at the annual Award to Industry Livery Dinner, recognised Jaguar Land Rover’s excellence in design, technical development, innovation and commercial significance.
The Award to Industry was established in 1972 to recognise outstanding contributions to technological advancement in transport, executed with elegance and commercial significance by an individual or organisation.
Ian Smith, Master Coachmaker, said: “Both Jaguar and Land Rover have previously won this award, Jaguar in 1998 and Land Rover in 2003 and I feel that now is the right time for us to recognise the business.
“Marvellous things have happened at Jaguar Land Rover in recent years. It has undergone an incredible turnaround, with exciting new products, significant investment and a global workforce that continues to grow. The vision and determination during difficult times has been great to see and is a real example to us all.
“Dr Ralf Speth and his team’s achievements are to be recognised, not just in the UK, but globally. Jaguar Land Rover is a great success story and worthy winners of the 2014 Award to Industry.”
This award highlights Jaguar Land Rover’s passion for craftsmanship, design and engineering. It honours the business for its support of military heroes and training of young people to be the innovative engineers and designers of tomorrow.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Design Director, Ian Callum, said: “As a Liveryman, I am very passionate about the work of the Coachmakers and I am delighted that we have won this award. So much of what the Coachmakers stand for is also at the core of Jaguar Land Rover – design being particularly close to my heart.
“Design is a huge Jaguar Land Rover brand asset – elegant yet modern, distinctive yet appropriate, timeless not merely fashionable. It is better design, not more design.”
Great British design is a key reason for the global success of all of Jaguar Land Rover’s premium vehicles, which now includes additions such as the Jaguar XE, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar F-PACE.
Jaguar Land Rover is the largest investor in research and development in the UK manufacturing sector and has invested over £10 billion in the past five years.
The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers:
The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers provides a forum for meeting like-minded people whose interests centre on the automotive and aerospace industries, coach making and the armed forces. The Livery offers members and guests the opportunity to meet and dine with senior figures and business leaders, in unique environs within the City of London. It encourages social interaction by arranging events nationally and internationally.
The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers received its Charter from King Charles II on 31 May 1677, creating the 72nd Livery Company of the City of London.
Jaguar Land Rover:
– Jaguar Land Rover engages with more than 320,000 young people every year with a range of educational initiatives to inspire them to be tomorrow’s engineers.
– Earlier this month Jaguar Land Rover announced the creation of an additional 1,300 jobs at its Solihull plant to support further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.
– In the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has tripled its turnover, doubled its sales and doubled its workforce. It has gone from strength to strength, to become an exemplar of British manufacturing success.
– Jaguar Land Rover is now a global car maker, not just a British car maker. In this past year, the business opened its first overseas manufacturing facility in Changshu in China, and laid the foundation stone for another all-new facility in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
– Her Majesty The Queen recently opened the company’s new £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton, to make a brand new range of lightweight and very fuel efficient four-cylinder petrol, diesel and hybrid engines.
– The importance of UK manufacturing to the business has resulted in huge investment into its Solihull, Halewood and Castle Bromwich plants, to build new models such as the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
– Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for sustainable growth and profitability.
– In 2014, Jaguar Land Rover sold 462,678 vehicles, up 9%. Of that, Jaguar sold 81,570 vehicles and Land Rover sold 381,108 vehicles.
– Jaguar Land Rover will invest in the region of £3.5 to £3.7bn in its products and facilities in the financial year to March 2015.
– Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest exporters and generates in the region of 85% of its revenue from exports.
[Source : Jaguar Land Rover]