The confirmation follows the signing of an initial letter of intent filed earlier this summer. JLR says the announcement makes it the first British car maker to open a production facility in the country.
Construction on the new facility will start in 2016 and the first vehicles will come off the production line in late 2018. The factory will eventually employ 2800 people, and forms part of a £1 billion investment by the firm.
The factory is intended to help Jaguar Land Rover substantially increase its production. Though the factory will initially have a capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year, that figure could double to around 300,000 vehicles over time. This could help take JLR’s global output to closer to 800,000 vehicles a year. JLR has confirmed that the plant would build the latest, lightweight aluminium Jaguar Land Rover models, with the factory being designed to add to existing plants rather than replace them.
Ralf Speth, JLR's chief executive officer, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is delighted today to welcome Slovakia into our family. The new factory will complement our existing facilities in the UK, China, India and Brazil and marks the next step in the company’s strategy to become a truly global business.
"Slovakia has an established premium automotive sector, which represents 43% of the country’s overall industry. It has more than 300 suppliers in close proximity and an excellent logistics infrastructure; this confirmed our decision that this country was the ideal location.
“The heart of our company will always be in the UK, where our design, technology and manufacturing capabilities are based."