A SOUTH WEST business said Tata gigafactory will fortify the UK’s automotive sector.

Cornish Lithium welcomed the recent announcement and said they are “delighted” that the gigafactory “will be located close to our Trelavour Lithium project”.

Jeremy Wrathall, Cornish Lithium’s Founder & CEO, said: "Confirmation that the Tata gigafactory will be located in Somerset represents a significant stride in fortifying the UK's electric vehicle manufacturing supply chain as the UK develops this vital industry to support its automotive sector.

“Through our own lithium development projects, we aim to work with the UK automotive supply chain to supply a significant portion of the lithium chemicals required for electric car batteries, diminishing the need for imports, thus reducing the carbon footprint associated with battery manufacturing.

“This new gigafactory signifies a strategic investment, creating job opportunities, and fostering innovation.

“We are delighted that it will be located in the South West close to our Trelavour Lithium project which is scheduled to start production in 2027.

“It will further build on the region’s evolution as a lithium hub.

“The journey towards net zero is not only about reducing emissions, but also about building resilient supply chains, and this gigafactory is a remarkable step towards laying the groundwork to achieve that vision in the UK."

The South West Business Council also welcomed the news.

Paul Coles, CEO of SWBC, said: “This is a significant step for what is a groundbreaking project.

“The Gravity campus has the potential to become a fundamental part of the South West’s low carbon future, driving innovation, sustainable growth, and opportunity for the whole region.

“We have been liaising with the team at Gravity for some time, and will continue to work closely with them to help support the delivery of what is a hugely exciting opportunity not just for the South West, but for the whole of the UK.”