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Jaguar Land Rover to move Discovery production from UK to Slovakia

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 June 2018

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is all set to move the production of Land Rover Discovery from West Midlands to a plant in Slovakia, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

The Slovakian plant was announced in 2015 and the company invested nearly £1.5bn in building the plant, which will expected to have annual capacity of 300,000 units. Production at the plant is expected to begin later this year.

The company has its presence across the UK with three production plants, builds cars in China and assembles vehicles in India, along with a plant in Brazil. With the new factory in Slovakia, JLR would expand its global footprint and substantially increase its vehicle production.

The company in a statement said: “The potential losses of some agency employed staff in the UK is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally.”

By moving production from the UK to Slovakia, the company aims to save several thousands of pounds in the cost of production, the Tata Motors owned-automaker said last year.

However, new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be manufactured at JLR's Solihull plant in West Midlands on an architecture designed to build diesel, petrol, electric and hybrid models.

The new Discovery model was redesigned last year and the details about moving the production of the vehicle out of the UK were not disclosed.

Jaguar E-Pace compact and all-electric I-Pace models will be produced by a unit of Magna in Austria, as per an agreement made by the company.

The company stated that the development of the plant in Slovakia is not connected to Brexit, which led the company to announce 1,000 job cuts earlier this year. JLR has seen losses in the recent times due to fall in the purchase of diesel vehicles.

Image: JLR’s Discovery at Solihull Manufacturing Plant in the UK West Midlands. Photo: Courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Limited.