JLR wins Queen’s Award for export success

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been awarded the 2014 Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, for "outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years".

Last year, JLR sold 425,006 vehicles in more than 170 countries; 80% of all vehicles produced at the UK's three manufacturing sites are exported. The company's largest export regions are mainland Europe, North America and China, together accounting for 60% of all export sales. In addition, the company's share of vehicle sales in regions beyond its traditional major markets in the UK, US and Europe has increased from below 15% in 2008 to more than 40% now, as it has focused on driving a balanced global sales presence. JLR ceo Dr Ralf Speth said: "Our success is thanks to our dedicated and passionate employees who create exciting vehicles that are in high demand with customers around the world. "The more we build our business, the more opportunity we can create to improve the lives of many families, by recruiting and training more people, investing in facilities and communities, and strengthening the overall growth of the UK economy." Later this year, JLR will open its first all-new engine manufacturing facility near Wolverhampton, to produce a new family of aluminium engines that will power future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The £500 million centre will create almost 1,400 new UK jobs plus a further 3,500 skilled jobs in the supply chain and the wider UK economy. All JLR vehicles are engineered and designed in Britain with two research and development centres in addition to its three production facilities. The company employs almost 28,000 people directly in the UK.