Automotive giant brings electric vehicle production to Wales

Japanese automotive giant Calsonic is to develop electric vehicle technology in Llanelli after securing £4.4 million of funding from the Welsh Government.

This investment will see the firm create a further 85 jobs in the Welsh town, where it currently employs 300 people and manufactures cooling systems for major automotive companies globally.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said Calsonic’s decision to expand its Welsh manufacturing operation is a vote of confidence in the workforce at the company’s Llanelli plant.

“To have a company of such international standing commit to securing their current workforce alongside creating a further 85 jobs during such uncertain times is excellent news,” he said.

“For our part, our £4.4m investment has not only helped secure these jobs over a period of at least the next 5 years, but also ensures that Calsonic Kansei, and Wales have the necessary capacity and expertise to be a global leader in emerging Electric Vehicle technologies, particularly battery cooling developments.”

Skates claimed that this aligns with the government’s Economic Action Plan and will see the company commit to growth, fair work, reducing their carbon footprint and promoting health, up-skilling and learning in the workplace.

He added: “It’s an opportune moment to for us to ensure this important regional employer plays a continued role in our growing economy and builds on our commitment to make sure our businesses are ready and equipped to make the most of the opportunities presented by the technologies of tomorrow.”

Keiichiro Miyanaga, CEO of Calsonic Kansei in Europe, welcomed the investment award by saying: “This support will help us secure the necessary skills, products and investment in our Llanelli site to meet the rapidly evolving requirements from electrification within the Automotive Industry.

“Through investment in product development and manufacturing capacity within the site, we can ensure we have the required capability to meet the future product needs of our key customers.”