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Lotus recruiting in Norfolk for new sports car after £100 million investment

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Lotus has started pre-production work on its new Emira sports car and is recruiting for 200 operations jobs after building two new ‘production halls’ at Hethel in Norfolk.

Forming part of a £100 million investment in the UK by the car maker, one new facility is for the Emira car, which will be unveiled at Hethel next month. The other is for the Evija, all-electric hypercar for which the first cars for customers will be built later this year. David Hewitt, executive director, operations, Lotus, said: “The move to a part-robotised production is the right one for Lotus as we launch the Emira. Everything is about repeatability and efficiency to drive quality. Our workforce is incredibly skilled, and robots help them to deliver the consistency we need at the volume we need it.”

In all, Lotus has almost doubled its workforce at its Norfolk sites at Hethel and in Norwich since the Chinese group Geely became a majority shareholder in 2017.The new investments at Hethel include a new 12,000 sq m assembly hall, a new automated hi-tech paint shop, framing line and automatically guided vehicles as well as a retail design studio and restaurant. At Lotus Advanced Structures in Norwich, a new fabrication facility will consolidate chassis assembly with subframe and fuel tank assembly to increase efficiency. A new Lotus Learning Academy is also based in Norwich. Meanwhile, the group has also invested in the Lotus Advanced Technology Centre, based at the University of Warwick, which is now open.

Photo: Lotus Cars managing director Matt Windle, (front, blue shirt) and members of the management team and operations colleagues as the first Emira chassis starts down the new sports car operations production line at Hethel.