Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Jaguar Land Rover is moving all Discovery production to this place

Jaguar Land Rover is moving all Discovery production to this place

In addition, Jaguar Land Rover said it would further invest in the Solihull plant, retooling the facility to build a new generation of electric vehicles.

The decision is due to the scale of a redevelopment needed at Solihull to cater for a completely new version of both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. Production at the plant is expected to begin later this year.

Discovery production will be moved from the beginning of 2019, meaning job cuts at the Solihull plant are possible before it ramps up staffing again, the people said.

Alongside this, JLR says "a significant investment and technology upgrade" in Solihull will prepare the plant for other new and upcoming Land Rover models.

There are 1,800 agency workers in the Solihull plant, out of a workforce of 10,000.

But yesterday Jaguar Land Rover announced it is to shift all production of the Land Rover Discovery from Birmingham to Slovakia, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. All Discovery production will be gone from the United Kingdom by early 2019, resulting in possible job cuts at the Solihull plant before it ramps up staffing again.

The group meanwhile stressed its commitment to the United Kingdom amid deep concern across the country's vehicle sector regarding Brexit uncertainty. It also has an agreement with Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna, to build the Jaguar E-Pace compact and all-electric I-Pace models in Austria. Most Range Rover Evoques and the related Discovery Sport are built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in the United Kingdom, however.

The company has its presence across the United Kingdom with three production plants, builds cars in China and assembles vehicles in India, along with a plant in Brazil.

But is that a manufacturing strategy which will see production of Land Rovers, Range Rovers and Jaguars disappearing overseas? More recent versions have made the model more of a road auto than a traditional off-roader.

The vehicle is now produced at a plant in Solihull, in the West Midlands.

In the United Kingdom, the company said it had been affected "by consumer uncertainty surrounding diesel models, Brexit and vehicle taxation".

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