International Automotive Components (IAC Group) has announced it will increase its presence in Elmdon, UK, by expanding its headliner manufacturing facility in the region. The company says the facility is strategically located close to the production site of and will be solely used to service IAC Group's longtime customer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

IAC says it has experienced growth through supplying to multiple models of JLR's MLA platform, which this facility will be used to produce. The site will be used for manufacturing, assembly and sequencing, in addition to housing 'certain centralized UK-based functions such as engineering, program management, commercial, finance and IT. The company plans to invest in highly automated process manufacturing for the site.

"We are a customer-centric company, which is why it was an easy decision for us to expand our operations near our customer's production sites," said Manfred Gingl, IAC Group's CEO. "IAC views the UK as a strategic market, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with JLR long into the future."

IAC currently supplies components and interior trim to Land Rover and Range Rover models in the UK. The company anticipates full production at the site in 2021 and will create an additional 400 jobs in the region.

IAC signed an 11-year lease for two buildings through Prologis Park Birmingham Interchange (PPBI). The two buildings located at PPBI total 310,000 sq. ft. The West Midlands region of England has experienced rapid growth in the automotive sector in recent years.

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