UK-based marine diesel outboard manufacturer Cox Powertrain has signed a lease to take over a 28,000sq ft production facility near Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport in Shoreham-by-Sea. The building, currently undergoing renovation, will be the assembly plant for Cox Powertrain’s CXO300 diesel outboard engine which goes into production in the second quarter of 2019.

The UK engineer currently employs 70 staff and aims to recruit an additional 78 staff before 2020. The global distribution channels for the engine are now in place and anticipation is running high, says Cox – particularly in the company’s core target markets in the US commercial and recreational boating communities.

CEO Tim Routsis sees the opening of the new facility as a key milestone in the company’s progress. “Cox Powertrain’s new facility enables us to assemble the much in demand CXO300 diesel engine and meet our production goals this year,” he says. “We are building the highest power density diesel outboard engine ever developed and this facility will use modern automated manufacturing techniques to ensure highly efficient delivery.

“Our clients worldwide are anticipating the impact this engine will have on the market and watching our progress closely,” Routsis adds. “Our new assembly plant is a major step in the company’s journey to become a world-leading engineering innovator.”

Routsis also sees many advantages of having an assembly facility on the company’s doorstep. “We’ve been working out of Shoreham-on-Sea since 2007 and the prospect of having our assembly line working alongside our engineers gives us the agility we need to deliver this game-changing technology. The UK is a hotbed for engineering talent and the government’s declared commitment to support UK innovators as part of its Industrial Strategy makes this the right time and place to move ahead with our plans.”

Work has started to fit out the new premises and Cox Powertrain expects the facility to be operational later this year.

The CXO300, which launches in November 2018, is based on a four-stroke, V8 architecture. It delivers a combination of high power, high torque and single fuel, enabling it to offer the same performance and efficiency of an inboard but with the convenience and flexibility of an outboard.