Worcester to lose Lotus Lightweight Structures to Norwich


Lotus Cars has announced that it will be moving its lightweight structures business from Worcester to a larger facility at Hurricane Way in Norwich to join its still fabrication business.

As Lotus Cars’ expansion continues under new ownership since 2017, the company says it has outgrown existing facilities in Worcester and Norwich, and by moving into one, combined new location, the company will take the opportunity to further upgrade machinery and tooling in readiness for new Lotus sportscars to be launched in the coming years.

David Hewitt, Executive Director of Operations, Lotus Cars said: “By bringing the aluminium chassis and steel sub-assembly manufacturing businesses together into one facility, we can further improve upon efficiencies and productivity for Lotus manufacturing. Being located close to Lotus’ HQ in Hethel, Norfolk where all Lotus cars are assembled, will also benefit the business as we expand further into the future.”

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Norwich City Council helped secure the move.

Lotus said that its Worcestershire-based staff will be offered the opportunity to continue their roles in Norwich, where the company is recruiting for both the new Hurricane Way facility and Hethel HQ.

Group Lotus plc has announced the creation of Lotus Lightweight Structures following its acquisition of city based Holden Lightweight Structures Limited in 2008.