"We will constantly improve our productivity and competitiveness to help secure a bright future for TMUK
This upgrade of TMUK
is a sign of confidence in our employees and suppliers and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency.
"The next exciting step for TMUK
is to develop our skills ready for the adoption of TNGA - Toyota New Global Architecture.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovationand Skills Vincent Cable; Toyota Motor Europe (TME) President Didier Leroy; TME Executive Vice President Hiroyuki Ochiai and TMUK
President Katsunori Kojima attended the ceremony.
started production at Burnaston in 1992 as Toyota's first manufacturing company in Europe and today employs around 4,100 workers.
Since then, in response to increasing demand, TMUK
is strengthening its two-shift formula by accelerating and expanding its equipment investment program.
The engines are currently produced in Japan and exported to TMUK
, Japan's biggest automaker said.
members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace.
Tony Walker, TMUK
Deputy Managing Director, said: "There is a big passion for European styling.
Richard Kenworthy, Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK
) general manager for engine manufacturing, said: "This is the first time that a Toyota hybrid engine has been made outside Japan and we take great pride in having that opportunity."
"Our UK manufacturing company, TMUK
, has been central to this growth, supplying locally built vehicles and engines across Europe and to Japan."
Bryan Jackson will succeed Jones as Managing Director of TMUK