Bentley breaks ground on new technical centre

Bentley Motors has begun construction of its new Launch Quality Centre and Engineering Technical Centre.

Based at company headquarters in Crewe, the £35m facility will be integral to the brand’s preparations for future BEV production and set a new benchmark in next generation, digital, flexible and high-value manufacturing operations.

The new buildings will include a replica BEV assembly line as preparation for the introduction of Bentley’s first BEV in 2026, as well as a software integration centre, prototype workshop, metrology testing and a dedicated area focusing on future materials development.

The new Launch Quality Centre will take up two floors, each covering 4,000 sqm, while the Engineering Technical Centre will also be located across two floors, covering a total of 13,000 sqm.

Peter Bosch, member of the board for manufacturing, said: “Breaking ground on the new Launch Quality Centre and Engineering Technical Centre is another major milestone on our journey towards an electrified, carbon-neutral future.

“The automotive industry is in the middle of a digital revolution, with cars becoming true digital devices, and this presents a significant opportunity for Bentley as we aim for a benchmark position in next generation, high-value manufacturing that supports our evolving Dream Factory and re-emphasises our commitment to both our Beyond100 strategy and our long-term future at the site.”