Manufacturing Boost for Lotus
The new mid engined sports car from Lotus will be manufactured at
the Group Lotus headquarters at Hethel in Norfolk U.K. This car,
which is expected to enter production in Spring 2008 will be
positioned at the higher end of the Lotus range and will occupy the
sector vacated by the Lotus Esprit that finished production in 2004.
The decision to assemble the new car at Hethel follows an
extensive evaluation of a number of manufacturing locations around
the world by Group Lotus and its shareholder Proton Holdings Bhd.
Lotus has worked at improving the efficiencies and flexibilities
within the manufacturing facility over the last 18 months to
maintain its position as a leading niche manufacturer within the UK
Over the next few months, Lotus will be undergoing a small
re-organisation process within the manufacturing facility to further
improve the efficiencies and flexibility at Hethel. This will lead
to further improvements and gains leading up to the start of
Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive for Group Lotus plc says:
"We are very pleased that Hethel has been confirmed by the Board
of Directors as the manufacturing location for this vital new car.
However the decision to choose Hethel has not been taken lightly
and was influenced not only by our past achievements, but also by
firm future commitments to improve the efficiencies and
flexibilities within our manufacturing facility. We have a lot of
work to do between now and the start of production and this will
demand much commitment and hard work from us all at Lotus."