JAPANESE car giant Toyota gave Wales a St David’s Day boost today by creating new jobs.
The firm said there will be 70 new posts at its engine plant in Deeside, North Wales.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones, said Toyota was a “glowing example” of collaboration between a global company and the UK.
Speaking ahead of a visit to the plant, Mr Jones said: “Toyota is a world class manufacturing company and the plant in Wales is one of the jewels in our economy.
“The investment and commitment to the area has not only provided sustained economic benefits and employment opportunities, but has resulted in the development of a strong bond between the company and the local community at Deeside.
“The UK Government recognises that manufacturing is at the heart of a healthy and balanced UK economy. There is now growing international recognition of our automotive industry and the interest in our national ambition to generate growth in the whole advanced manufacturing sector.”
Richard Kenworthy, Toyota’s Deeside Plant Director, said: “This is great news for the plant and for Wales. Our members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace.”