Plan to mitigate any potential Brexit disruption to affect all of JLR’s UK manufacturing facilities
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
24 January 2019

Jaguar Land Rover will extend a planned shutdown of its UK plants in April because of continuing Brexit uncertainty.

The shutdown, which is set for April 8-12, will affect all three of the company’s car plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood, as well as its engine plant in Wolverhampton. It comes in addition to a previously-announced planned maintenance closure set for April 15-23.

In a statement, JLR said the additional week of production stand-down was due to “potential Brexit disruption”. The UK is due to leave the European Union on March 29.

The shutdown was confirmed as the company announced 2019’s holiday dates to its employees across all its UK sites.

News of the shutdown follows an announcement earlier this month that 4500 jobs would be cut from the UK workforce as part of a major cost-cutting programme aimed at turning the company around. The cuts, which account for approximately 10% of the Tata-owned company’s 43,000 UK staff, are in addition to the 1500 workers cut last year.

Even before January’s announcements, the company had begun adjusting the output of its factories in response to market demand, with 2000 workers at the Castle Bromwich factory responsible for the Jaguar XE, XF and XJ saloons temporarily moving to a three-day working week at the end of 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has previously condemned the lack of certainty in the market, saying that if the right Brexit deal is not secured, “tens of thousands” of jobs could go at the firm.

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24 January 2019

Interesting article in the Mirror today claiming that even if everything went well without opposition in Parliament the Government could not complete and get approved by MP's all the legislation required even for a no-deal exit by March 29th (and I can't see the prorogue option getting through without  a major public outcry) so it's about time they announced an Article 50 delay to at least the end of May (to avoid getting mixed up in June EU MEP elections) although a delay until later in the year would be more pragmatic.

Anyone remember when the Tories relied on British business for support/funding - May seems to be doing all she can to ruin the cashflow/planning of companies trading with the EU - this collateral damage is incompetent and unacceptable. There are some very good and frankly depressing articles on Brexit and how the UK is being seen globally in the Washington Post, New York Times, etc.

 

24 January 2019

You should bear in mind that the Washington Post and the New York times are the direct equivalent of the Guardian and the Independent!  If a no-deal Brexit turns out to be a successful exercise after a couple of years or so, you will NOT be reading about it in any of those four newspapers!

If you really want to be depressed then look at the bond situation across the globe!...

usual YouTube address, then add on '/watch?v=H8qyEx_uA4Y' and the second video '/watch?v=YtMw9k3M9us'

Brexit is NOT a concern.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

24 January 2019
Interesting that McLaren, who has the most focused product range of any manufacturer, a seemingly sound model strategy, and achieve record sales year after year, are also shutting down because of Brexit. Oh, wait...

PS - the Washington Post and NY Times are propaganda. Next time USA is planning to invade, look at the media supporting the invasion.

25 January 2019
jason_recliner wrote:

PS - the Washington Post and NY Times are propaganda.

To have an editorial position is not propaganda.
Questions are raised and problems analysed in proper newspapers, precisely what propaganda tabloids like the Daily Mail don't do.

25 January 2019
abkq wrote:
jason_recliner wrote:

PS - the Washington Post and NY Times are propaganda.

To have an editorial position is not propaganda.
Questions are raised and problems analysed in proper newspapers, precisely what propaganda tabloids like the Daily Mail don't do.

You make a lot of good posts. I respect your opinion. So I'm not disagreeing with you, just offering an alternative viewpoint.

Bezos has a $600 million contract with the CIA. The Washington Post tends to 'toe the line' as far as US government policy is concerned. It's at least possible that these matters are related.

25 January 2019
jason_recliner wrote:

Interesting that McLaren, who has the most focused product range of any manufacturer, a seemingly sound model strategy, and achieve record sales year after year, are also shutting down because of Brexit. Oh, wait... PS - the Washington Post and NY Times are propaganda. Next time USA is planning to invade, look at the media supporting the invasion.

Using Mclaren is an apples to oranges comparison.  There is a waiting time to buy one, you cannot buy one off the shelf as its not a mass manufacturer like JLR.  It also depends on how many parts are imported from the EU. Mclaren does not rely on Just in TIme manufacturering

25 January 2019
Rtfazeberdee wrote:

Mclaren does not rely on Just in TIme manufacturering

Agreed. I was being facetious to emphasise a point. But loads of factors of production are imported from Asia. AFAIK there is no free trade agreement but it works just fine.

24 January 2019

This all feels a bit like the Titanic. You know the bit where the captain orders the crew to burn more coal and go faster whilst it heads right towards an Iceberg. Right now everyone is calm because the ship is unsinkable....

24 January 2019

I think everyone knows the truth about JLR by now.  It has NOTHING to do with Brexit!  GM is closing EIGHT plants in the US and cutting 14,000 jobs.  Fiat Chrysler extended their US Xmas shutdown (they only went back two weeks ago).  Tesla is slashing its workforce by 7,000...and none of this has anything to do with Brexit.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

24 January 2019
That bloke wrote:

I think everyone knows the truth about JLR by now.  It has NOTHING to do with Brexit!  GM is closing EIGHT plants in the US and cutting 14,000 jobs.  Fiat Chrysler extended their US Xmas shutdown (they only went back two weeks ago).  Tesla is slashing its workforce by 7,000...and none of this has anything to do with Brexit.

 

You know nothing.

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