ANGUS MACDONALD MSP CALLS FOR INEOS TO BUILD 4X4 IN GRANGEMOUTH

Defender

LOCATION AND CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF GRANGEMOUTH “IDEAL” FOR PROJECT

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has written to Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and founder of Ineos, calling on consideration to be given for Grangemouth to be chosen as the site for the production of a new 4x4 off-road vehicle.

Ratcliffe has created a company that will invest millions to produce vehicles inspired by the original Land Rover Defender. A fan of the Defender, the Ineos founder wants to fill a gap in the market where the classic off-roader once stood. The company has completed various feasibility studies into producing the vehicles, but is yet to announce where the production site will be located.

The Falkirk East MSP wrote to Jim Ratcliffe putting Grangemouth forward as the ideal location for the 4x4 production site.

Commenting on the initial request, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said:

“Already the Grangemouth site at Ineos employs over 1,300 people directly, and indirectly, through the Grangemouth plant. This would be a huge boost to the local economy if the 4x4 production site were to be placed in Grangemouth. The port also offers the perfect location for investment and would provide the ideal platform for this project to be realised.

“The Grangemouth plant is ideally located, with clear access to many routes of transportation. It lies at the centre of Scotland’s industrial heartland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is served by the M9 motorway. Any new production site would want the most accessible route to market across the world and with access to national road and rail networks, as well as being located near the Port of Grangemouth, the U.K.’s largest feeder port and the only port in the U.K. which exports more than it imports. Evidently, Grangemouth’s location gives the perfect combination for further development as a logistics and distribution hub with its road, rail and sea links as well as available land.

“Clearly this would be a fantastic opportunity for the town, the local economy and for the already cast iron reputation of Grangemouth for being the place to invest. I would be more than happy to see a new global icon born in the Port to be enjoyed by the world.”

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