Οι δύο Βρετανικές αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίες, η Bentley και η Lotus ανακοίνωσαν ότι πήρανε κρατική επιχορήγηση από το Ταμείο Περιφερειακής ανάπτυξης της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας. Η Bentley θα πάρει 3 εκατ. λίρες για να τα χρησιμοποιήσει στην έρευνα και στην ανάπτυξη, την ώρα που η Lotus πήρε 10.4 εκατ. λίρες (είχε ζητήσει αρχικά 27.5 εκατ. λίρες).
Η δεύτερη θα χρησιμοποιήσει τα χρήματα αυτά για να κατασκευάσει ένα δεύτερο εργοστάσιο και μια νέα γραμμή παραγωγής για τα μελλοντικά της μοντέλα, δημιουργώντας έτσι 1.000 νέες θέσεις εργασίας. Ο CEO της Lotus δηλώνει στο δελτίο τύπου ότι υπάρχει ισχυρή αγορά για sportcars και αυτό θα συνεχιστεί, παρότι την οικονομική κρίση. Η Lotus δηλώνει ότι πρώτο νέο αυτοκίνητο της (από τα 5 που παρουσίασε στο Παρίσι) θα είναι έτοιμο να βγει στη παραγωγή το 2013. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
[Πηγή: Group Lotus, Bentley]
Group Lotus Secures UK Government Backing
Group Lotus awarded multi million Regional Growth Fund
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has formally confirmed that Group Lotus’ bid for funds from the second round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been successful.
One of the main purposes of the Regional Growth Fund is to support growth within the UK manufacturing sector. Lotus recognised that the Government was seeking applications which would enable private sector organisations to invest in projects that would create jobs and secure long-term growth. Lotus’ growth plans are completely aligned with the Fund’s objectives and will go someway towards rebalancing employment between the public and private sector in the South Norfolk region.
The grant will be put to good use supporting the industrial research element of the production of Lotus’ future product range. This significant development will go towards ensuring that the manufacturing of future Lotus products remains in the UK for the foreseeable future and in the process create a considerable number of new jobs over the next five to six years.
Commenting on the news, Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer, Dany Bahar said: “This is great news for all those concerned about Group Lotus moving production overseas, to say that we’re pleased with the result would be an understatement. We are an authentic British automotive manufacturer with an incredible heritage and an exciting future ahead, this funding will play a role in assisting with the realisation of our business plan to produce a new range of sports cars with best in class performance and emissions.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support during the bid process. The local authorities, MPs and the local enterprise partnership have all played a role in helping us secure this funding – we’re very grateful, it’s nice to know people feel strongly enough to act on our behalf.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “We need to be doing all we can to enable businesses and organisations to create much needed jobs and inject private investment into the economy.
“We have announced today that a further 162 projects will benefit from the fund, and expect to deliver a huge number of jobs across their businesses and in the supply chain.
“This is a very significant boost to local communities, and the Regional Growth Fund will help businesses like Lotus to drive local growth.”
BENTLEY SUCCESSFUL AGAIN IN SECURING £3MILLION GOVERNMENT GRANT TO BOOST R&D
(Crewe. 31 October 2011) Bentley has today received confirmation of a conditional grant allocation of £3 million from the Department for Business Regional Growth Fund (RGF). This is the second time this year Bentley has been successful with the Government’s RGF, having received £1.68m in the first round to create additional manufacturing jobs and training. The new grant funding will help support the development of a new powertrain application which will enable Bentley to exploit new export markets. It will safeguard over 200 jobs and also create a small number of additional positions within the Company’s 900-strong engineering department.
Bentley is one of a handful of automotive companies to undertake all its activities on one site. From design and engineering to production, sales and customer service, all functions are located at the Company’s historic Crewe site in Cheshire. The third biggest investor in R&D of all the automotive companies operating in the UK, Bentley is also in the top 20 of all companies investing in R&D in the UK.
Speaking about the grant, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said:
“This is a real boost for Bentley which has one of the most highly skilled automotive workforces in the country and, uniquely, has now been awarded two RGF grants. It shows that the Government recognises the importance of Bentley and the contribution we make to high value manufacturing and UK exports.
“Our customers expect the very best in terms of exclusivity, technology, quality and engineering excellence which requires significant ongoing investment in R&D. This is why we retain such a strong engineering capability exclusively for Bentley here in the UK. This grant will help safeguard those operations as we look to develop new powertrains which appeal to new markets and new customers.”
Bentley exports over 80 per cent of its production and, despite the economic uncertainties, recent investment in new models is already paying dividends as growth continues in all major markets. Traditional markets such as the US and Europe are up by around a third but new markets such as China continue to break records. By the end of September, Bentley sales in China had exceeded 1000 units for the first time as the country cements its position as the second biggest global market for Bentley and one that is increasing by over 80% a year.
The RGF grant will help Bentley develop new powertrains for future markets. Traditionally drawn towards four-door models such as the Mulsanne and the Continental Flying Spur, customers in emerging markets such as China are increasingly showing interest in the new two-door Continental GT and GTC. Although this is delivering significant sales growth, for that to continue – and the long term future of the Company be assured – Bentley has to look at new powertrains which anticipate changing demand.
This research and development will take place at the Bentley’s Crewe plant, and the Company plans to increase its graduate and apprentice intake next year in anticipation of continuing global growth.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“We need to be doing all we can to enable businesses and organisations to create much needed jobs and inject private investment into the economy. We have announced today that a further 162 projects will benefit from the fund, and expect to deliver a huge number of jobs across their businesses and in the supply chain.
“This is a very significant boost to local communities, and the Regional Growth Fund will help businesses like Bentley drive local growth.”