It may be more famous for family fun at Butlin’s, bracing winds and more sunshine per year than any other seaside town in Britain, but Bognor Regis is also set to become the latest town to benefit from the British Automotive Industry’s renaissance.
With its head office just up the road on the Goodwood Estate near Chichester, Rolls-Royce has announced that it’s investing in a new 30,000 square metre Technology and Logistics centre in the West Sussex holiday hotspot. The new facility will employ 200 people, and while some will be transferred from Goodwood, there will be a number of new posts created in what’s clearly a great piece of news for the luxury brand. The move follows what Rolls-Royce has previously called ‘controlled growth’ in key markets such as China, the USA and the Middle East, plus the recent launch of the new Wraith coupe.
Based alongside the new Bognor Northern Relief Road, due to open in early 2015, the site is expected to be fully open by Spring 2016.
The Technology and Logistics Centre will consolidate three current operations – an inbound warehouse for production parts; a distribution centre, including an inbound body store and finished car store and a workshop for car preparation. The Centre will be managed on behalf of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars by an external logistics provider.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to announce our new Technology and Logistics Centre, which reflects the sustainable development and ongoing success of our business. Every Rolls-Royce motor car is built at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and this new facility will provide the required local logistics support for our current and future models.” He continued, “Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success and we remain fully committed to building our future here in West Sussex.”
Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, said, “This terrific new centre at Bognor Regis will give a huge boost to the local economy, and safeguard 200 jobs. It’s testament to one of our great British success stories, Rolls-Royce, and its valued contribution to UK manufacturing.”