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A Coventry automotive firm has announced plans to create 300 new jobs in the city.

German car company Brose, which has its UK headquarters in Colliery Lane, Exhall has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.

The firm has been chosen to supply window regulators to the new Nissan Qashqai - a move which has also led to a new production facility being set up in Coventry. The family-owned specialist of mechatronic systems and electric motors claims the contract win marks the next chapter for the firm, which will see its workforce more than quadruple since 2012.

The new facility in Courtaulds Way, Foleshill, will meet demand from the Japanese car manufacturer and existing customers including Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota.

"The Nissan contract is the latest in a number of successes for our UK operation and reinforces investment in our operations at Coventry," said Thomas Kohlbauer, managing director of Brose UK.

"This deal drove our decision to create a new worldclass window regulator production facility in Courtaulds Way and I'm pleased to say this is now up and running, with 100 highly trained staff working on state-of-the-art automated machinery. This gives us the ability to meet predicted volumes for Nissan, JLR and Toyota, whilst also providing the capacity to explore new opportunities in this market."

Brose UK, which has been a global systems supplier to the automotive industry for more than 100 years, is enjoying similar growth in its other manufacturing operation, with more than £15million spent at its Coventry plant to meet record volume levels for front and rear seating systems.

This growth has been largely due to increases in volumes at Jaguar Land Rover's plants in Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull.

Mr Kohlbauer added: "Nearly 500 people work across Brose UK's two factories and this number will increase to 800 over the course of the next few years.

"The 300 new positions will be in a variety of roles, ranging from shopfloor operatives and general assembly workers to team leaders, quality, production and maintenance engineers.

"All new employees embark on the company's personal development programme and are trained in world class manufacturing techniques.

"They also have the opportunity to work across the group's 58 locations across the world."

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