Nitra factory could also be birthplace of 2019 Land Rover Defender; £1 billion facility will eventually produce 150,000 vehicles a year

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been confirmed as the first model that will be built at JLR's new production facility in Nitra, Solvakia.

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At first, 100% of the production of the new SUV will be handled by the firm's existing Solihull plant, but the Nitra site will begin to contribute to the new Discovery's supply when it opens in late 2018.

The £1 billion Slovakian plant will also become the birthplace of several new, all-aluminium JLR models that are yet to be confirmed, with the 2019 Land Rover Defender a possible future candidate.

The factory will have an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and will use what JLR describes as “cutting-edge current manufacturing technologies”.

The plant will be the first in Europe to use a Kuka Pulse carrier system, which is claimed to be 30% faster than conventional conveyance systems, helping to speed up production times.

A highly automated paint shop will also be built at the plant, and JLR says new smart, connected manufacturing processes will in future be integrated as the technology becomes available.

Water saving devices and heat recovery systems will help to boost the plant’s efficiency and minimise its environmental impact.

JLR confirmed its plans to build the plant at the close of 2015. Since then, 40,000 people have registered an interest in working at the facility. JLR says 2800 employees will work there when it opens in around two years' time.

The new plant comes at a time when JLR is rapidly expanding its production facilities and investing in new technologies.

Demand for the XE has grown so much that production for the model has had to be shifted from Solihull to Castle Bromwich, with £100m of investment being made to cater for the move. A new factory in Brazil was also opened earlier this year in order to cater for demand in South America.

Additionally, Jaguar is leading JLR’s charge for electric drivetrain development, with the company re-entering the world of motorsport with its Panasonic Jaguar Racing outfit in the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E championship.

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13 September 2016
So JLR have 15 applicants for every vacancy even before they started construction of the plant!

That said I am not sure if multiplying volumes is the right way for JLR. New manufacturing facilities in Slovakia and China, assembly operations in Mexico and India.....JLR must be planning to sell way more cars. I think the issue is need to expand will never stop, the german 3 now are struggling with the same issue and are looking to plug any ridiculous niche they can find.

Maybe impending launches will give everyone an idea as to where JLR is headed!

13 September 2016
Mini buses, shortcake. Mini buses. I can see it coming. The new 4 row, 12 seat BMW B-series. B for bus.

You read it here first.

And if it happens, at least Land Rovers will be 4x4. Or 6x6. Perfect runaround for the big families of the 20s. That's the 2020s.

Can't wait.

13 September 2016
There will be a Defender model even if not as we thought of the old one - there's also new models to sit below Discovery Sport and Evoke - and then new Rover models - that's a lot of production capacity they'll need.

13 September 2016
you never know.

13 September 2016
Hopefully there'll be a budget landie too. Fill the gap left by the Freelander, as you know damn well the next Defender will be £30k+.

5 December 2016
"Demand for the XE has grown so much that production for the model has had to be shifted from Sulihull to Castle Bromwich"
Surely it's high demand for the X-Pace requiring more space in Solihull which has caused this switch of the XE?

5 December 2016
The sooner Article 50 is served the better. This will prevent JLR building their cars in Slovakia. There will be massive tariffs on them and they will realise they have to build them in Britain for us to buy them. Surely Theresa May can stop this? Come on JLR - you're a British company, designed, owned and built here.

The jobs will sort themselves out. Post Brexit I expect BMW will think of building the 3 series here to get around tariffs too.

Why are we waiting - why has there been no Brexit?

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5 December 2016
The sooner Article 50 is served the better. This will prevent JLR building their cars in Slovakia. There will be massive tariffs on them and they will realise they have to build them in Britain for us to buy them. Surely Theresa May can stop this? Come on JLR - you're a British company, designed, owned and built here.

The jobs will sort themselves out. Post Brexit I expect BMW will think of building the 3 series here to get around tariffs too.

Why are we waiting - why has there been no Brexit?

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6 December 2016
ersatz wrote:

The sooner Article 50 is served the better. This will prevent JLR building their cars in Slovakia. There will be massive tariffs on them and they will realise they have to build them in Britain for us to buy them. Surely Theresa May can stop this? Come on JLR - you're a British company, designed, owned and built here.

The jobs will sort themselves out. Post Brexit I expect BMW will think of building the 3 series here to get around tariffs too.

Why are we waiting - why has there been no Brexit?

Lol. You haven't a clue. Unfortunately, neither does our government.

6 December 2016
In case you had not noticed LandRover is owned by TATA which is a large Indian group. Whilst I admire what JLR have done over the last five years lets not forget they are foreign owned and can upsticks and move anytime they feel like it.

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