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"A Welsh success story we can all be proud of"

Toyota opened its factory on Deeside in 1992 Photo: ITV News Wales

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today visit the Toyota factory on Deeside as it celebrates it's 20th anniversary.

Ahead of the special event the First Minister has described Toyota as a "Welsh success story which we can all be proud of".

The plant in North Wales began manufacturing in 1992 and currently employs more than 500 people.

To date workers at the factory have produced more than 3.7 million engines and the North Wales plant was the first outside Japan to manufacture Toyota's class leading Hybrid engine.

Engines made on Deeside are supplied to plants in Europe and across the world including Africa, Japan and South America. Over the past twenty years the Welsh Government has worked closely, to provide continued support, to the manufacturing company.

Ahead of the special event arranged to mark the occasion the First Minister was keen to thank the Japanese firm for its investment and commitment to North Wales.

Toyota is a Welsh success story which we can all be proud of. For 20 years the company has been producing top class products, made here in Wales and exported around the world.

The plant is now making engines used in the latest generation of cars and is the only plant outside of Japan to make Toyota's hybrid engine.

The company's commitment to Deeside shows Wales has the workforce and infrastructure to support global manufacturers. Advanced manufacturing is a key part of the Welsh economy and a sector my government will continue to support.

Toyota is a highly important to the north Wales economy and is proof that Wales is a viable and successful base for high-end manufacturers who can compete at a global level.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones