Coventry Jaguar Land Rover supplier sets out plans for electric future

A Coventry Jaguar Land Rover supplier has revealed its plans to be at the heart of the automotive sector as it moves from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.

Evtec Automotive is a new firm which came into being following a recent rescue deal at Arlington Automotive Group, which saved 200 jobs.

Arlington fell into administration in May last year, with administrators from Duff & Phelps appointed to its UK trading companies.

As part of the rescue deal, for an undisclosed eight figure sum, the Evtec Automotive plant on Torrington Avenue is continuing to make car parts for many of the major players in the UK automotive sector, with a strong focus on supporting the fast growing electric vehicle (EV) sector.

Now Evtec has revealed its plans and its aim to have “an ethical and sustainable approach to business”.

The newly formed company makes car parts for many of the major players in the electric vehicle sector, including Jaguar Land Rover.

David Roberts, chairperson of Evtec Automotive, said: “Our mission is to source, make, deliver and then sustainably dispose of all EV technologies, helping to drive social change and the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

“We are rebuilding with purpose. That is our ethos. We are employing more disadvantaged people, driving profit to create social value and making the planet a better place for our children and grandchildren. It can’t get any better.”

Following the Arlington acquisition Evtec has been working hard on filling its Coventry plant’s order books.

Monthly sales are now back to pre-crisis levels, and it is on target to achieve its employment strategy by the end of March this year, with 35% of jobs being given to disabled workers.

The company says it is now putting into place plans to grow volumes and customers.

Mr Roberts added: “ The Coventry plant’s rebirth, under the new Evtec Automotive brand, represents its next natural evolution.

“It will now become an essential supplier and sub assembly integrator to car makers in the UK and Europe for complex assemblies in electrical and cooling systems.

“The business is positioning itself as a key Tier One supplier to the rapidly growing EV sector.

“With Jaguar Land Rover and many other major customers now really accelerating their electrification plans, we’re positioning ourselves to supply this demand for electric vehicle sales rapidly increase in the coming years.

“Developing a viable electric vehicle supply base is also vital to the future competitiveness of the automotive industry in this country.”

Evtech’s 80,000 sq ft plant has long employed disabled workers.

Originally it was part of Remploy, a scheme formerly sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide ongoing sustainable employment for disabled people.

Mr Roberts sits on a number of company boards and has plans to replicate the model of employing disabled workers across other sites and companies.

The Evtec plant in Coventry has been a major supplier of automotive assemblies and kits for over 50 years and companies throughout Europe use its flexible assembly facility for their products.

It is a member of the Stretford Group, an investment firm founded by Mr Roberts.

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