The Tata Group has chosen the UK as the location for its first battery manufacturing plant outside India, representing one of the largest investments ever made in the UK auto industry.
Why It Matters? With a capacity of 40GWh, the new plant will be one of Europe’s largest and will secure UK-produced batteries for another Tata investment, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and other UK and European manufacturers.
The gigafactory will create up to 4,000 jobs and trigger thousands more in the wider supply chain for battery materials and critical raw minerals. Production at the new plant is set to begin in 2026.
As reported earlier in May, the UK was Tata Group’s preferred location for the new battery plant.
Rishi Sunak, the UK Prime Minister, praised the multi-billion-pound investment, highlighting it as a testament to the strength of the UK’s car manufacturing industry and its skilled workers.
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The Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, confirmed that the group’s substantial investment would bring advanced technology to the UK and aid the transition to electric mobility, particularly through JLR.
A strategic scoop for the UK? This new Giga factory is a strategic move by Tata, underlining its commitment to the UK across multiple sectors. The development will bolster the UK's battery manufacturing capacity and, with an initial output of 40GWh, provide almost half of the battery production that the Faraday Institution predicts the UK will need by 2030.
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