Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster gets 500 jobs from new Amtek Auto foundry

Factory interior Image copyright Amtek
Image caption Amtek has bases in Coventry, Essex and Devon

Indian company Amtek Auto has said it is investing £23m in a new foundry in Kidderminster, creating 500 jobs.

Amtek already has bases in Coventry, Totnes in Devon, and Wytham in Essex.

It said the expansion was "to meet the growing need for automotive parts from Jaguar Land Rover and Ford", and to grow its manufacturing presence in the UK.

The Kidderminster plant is expected to be in production by 2018, the firm said.

Worcestershire County Council, which announced a £5m Amtek investment in August, which would create 100 jobs - also "at a new foundry in Kidderminster" - said it was unaware of the new development.

The town's Conservative MP, Mark Garnier, also said he did not know about the announcement, which was made by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills as Business Secretary Vince Cable embarked on a week-long trade visit to India.

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