New JLR factory will be built in Nitra, western Slovakia, and is due to open in 2018
Darren Moss
11 December 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed its new factory will be built in Nitra, western Slovakia, and will open in 2018.

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."

Jaguar Land Rover says it had considered a number of other locations, including the United States, Mexico and elsewhere in Europe - thought to be near the city of Wroclaw in Poland.

However the Slovakian site has got the nod, with the country’s government recently having changed the laws relating to its Act on Investments of Significance in order to win "the investment of the decade".

Economy minister Vazil Hudak was quoted as saying in 2014 that Slovakia had been missing out on big inward investments because it lacked the big industrial parks that companies wanted.

Marking today's announcement, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said: “We are glad that Jaguar Land Rover has chosen Slovakia for its new world-class manufacturing facility. This decision shows that, with a stable and solid business environment, Slovakia is an attractive place for investors. And the marriage of Slovak craftsmanship and British engineering holds great promise.”

JLR has invested more than £11 billion in product creation and capital expenditure in the past five years, boosting its workforce by 20,000 to 36,000 around the world. This includes more than £500 million on a new engine plant in the Midlands, with 1400 new jobs, and significant investment in plants at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull. It is also set to start building cars at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria.

Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar in the UK, said: “It’s positive for the UK. We already have three factories here and have invested significantly at increasing capacity at those. This is all about enabling a spread of capacity to help global growth.

“We are a global company which is growing globally and we want to grow across all our regions, so it makes sense to have a manufacturing capacity in those regions. It makes economic sense.”

The Jaguar XE, Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are all currently built in the UK. It has not been announced which models will be built in Slovakia, but contenders include the forthcoming Land Rover Discovery 5 and the replacement for the Land Rover Defender - which is due in 2018.

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11 August 2015
They're continue to reinforce how British (in the tv adverts and forcing the press to state it) these cars are, built in Slovakia by an Indian car company.

 

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12 August 2015
I understand some Nissans are built in Sunderland, some Hondas built in Swindon and Toyotas built in Derby. Would you say these are Japanese cars? Similarly, I understand the current Merc C-Class is built in South Africa. That also goes for white goods (not all Bosch products are built in Germany). Now would you suggest that Honda, Nissan and Toyota close their factories and return production to Japan? As far as I know Jaguar are not talking about closing their factory here in the UK. It's about build integrity and design that counts.

11 December 2015
Bristolbluemanc wrote:

I understand some Nissans are built in Sunderland, some Hondas built in Swindon and Toyotas built in Derby. Would you say these are Japanese cars?

Ask the people in the street and I think most people would say the Nissan Leaf is a Japanese car. The question is why whenever you read or watch an advert that's to do with the Indian company JLR they have to mention British a 100 times. Is Autocar forced to do it?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

11 December 2015
as long as the marketing continues to stress the Britishness the public will continue to believe it. Most punters don't know much and don't care and will believe what they want to believe. I know a man who moved from a 6-Series to a DB9 and affected to find the latter car's relative shortcomings charming in the belief that they were engineered in 'to underline that the car is handmade'. SImilarly a Maserati owner was very rude about Aston Martin being part of Ford [sic] but seemed apparently unaware that Maserati was part of Fiat. No, he told me, it's owned by Ferrari. Both were smart enough to earn enough to afford these cars, but still quite dumb.

11 August 2015
Current capacity is circa 500k then there is the new factory for XE,F Pace and Grand Evoque adding another 250k plus the new factory for xf alloy gives more capacity when the old xf lines are developed, then all the old Range Rover ,Sport area will be additional when Discovery is replaced on top of Brazil and China the potential must be 1.25 million output with Slovakia

11 August 2015
Pie in the sky there Ski Boy - JLR is very near capacity NOW, without going into extra shifts which will then add a third to some products, Discovery will just be replaced on the same line, no changes there, except for the line moving faster to cope with demand, RR and RRS will continue where they are, Solihull will have some new track when old Defender goes - mainly for a new product to be announced - Solihull 2 will be for XE, XEC and XE Convertible, as well as F-Pace (possibly), max capacity for XE in saloon form on one shift is 100k per year, two extra shifts will add 150k to that, if they get permission to run a night shift.

CB is virtually done, it is very old, and harks back to WWII, in fact they still use the old lifting equipment beams etc, CB, needs to be completely rebuilt, but time and product will not allow that, so i would not be surprised if CB goes in the long term.

Halewood, well, thats another story, with Disco Sport and Evoque doing massive business worldwide, and with the new cabrio and XL coming, along with the new short wheelbase Disco Sport, Halewood will be very busy for a long time yet.

I suspect that JLR are planning a brand new small RR and Jaguar, to be built there, it will make it cost effective, and with a 300k possible build, this would be along with the Old Defender being built there for emerging markets (NOT EUROPE), a huge increase in sales, and profits.

11 August 2015
I had my first comment, pointing out that there was too much speculative guesswork in these comments, blocked for being spam. Gulp!! I don't even have a one-man band blog to maintain; I'm just a Jaguar/Daimler owner since 1976, almost without interruption. JLR really means something to real Jaguar fans. My point is that JLR manages its release of news very well, and the best thing to do is stick to the information which is released in a very considered manner to the upper end of motoring media.

Tata are taking JLR on a great journey, of which the facts are interesting enough. Guesswork and ego-trips are not what I want to read, especially not after a great and clearly sweated-over, reality-based report. More of the facts, please, and less of the whatevers...

11 August 2015
Geoffrey Jackson wrote:

I had my first comment, pointing out that there was too much speculative guesswork in these comments, blocked for being spam. Gulp!! I don't even have a one-man band blog to maintain; I'm just a Jaguar/Daimler owner since 1976, almost without interruption. JLR really means something to real Jaguar fans. My point is that JLR manages its release of news very well, and the best thing to do is stick to the information which is released in a very considered manner to the upper end of motoring media.

Tata are taking JLR on a great journey, of which the facts are interesting enough. Guesswork and ego-trips are not what I want to read, especially not after a great and clearly sweated-over, reality-based report. More of the facts, please, and less of the whatevers...

Please keep posting in here. We need more people like you. Thanks.


11 August 2015
The Citroen C3 is not French..........
The Audi Q7 is not German...........
The Volkswagen Touareg is not German........
The Porsche Cayenne is not German...........
Now.............. the Jaguar (but which model) is not British
Get with the programme all of the above are made in Slovakia.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

11 December 2015
With the above list though you could say the parent company is what you've written.

 

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