£1billion facility will house production of the Land Rover Discovery and employ 1500 people
James Attwood, digital editor
25 October 2018

Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new £1billion manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia, where the new Land Rover Discovery will be produced.

The 300,000 square-metre factory currently employs 1500 people, with the first phase capable of making 150,000 cars a year. The Discovery is the only model yet confirmed to be built at the plane, but it is likely other SUVs will be made there in future. JLR is currently recruiting another 850 people to work at the side.

Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth said the plant was the latest part of the British firm’s global expansion plan. Jaguar Land Rover models are already produced through joint ventures in China and Brazil, and under contract by companies in India and Austria.

“Global businesses require global operational footprints,” said Speth. “While Jaguar Land Rover’s heart and sould remain firmly anchored in the UK, expanding internationally only enriches and strengthens our UK business.”

The Nitra plant, which received financial investment from the Slovakian government, has been under construction since 2016.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory has recently begun a planned two-week shutdown following a decline in global sales. It is also operating a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich factory, where the Jaguar XE, XF and XJ saloons are made, until after the Christmas period.

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25 October 2018

Well, let's be honest, they gave up any pretence of being british many years ago.  Every concept car (as well as every car on their UK website)(!) being left-hand drive.  And, of course, being owned by an Indian company.  Their problem, however, is simply one of mismanagement.  They have produced the wrong vehicles, fabricated an air of 'premier' - without premier reliability, and bizarrely failed to see the death of diesel coming.  Their main problem now is one of investment - they need to invest in new models, which takes billions.  They should have done so many things which they have failed to do (the Defender replacement being the most absurd and rather amusing).  I applaud them for the Evoque and the new iPace (though it's too expensive) but the management team should be sacked for virtually everything else.  I fully expect them to make the further mistake of pricing the new Defender too high, and of making it abroad.  But you can be sure of one thing: When it is finally released (we may even be out of the EU by then!) it will be shown in left-hand drive form (as the iPace was).  This is because JLR doesn't want to be seen as 'British' (even though Bentley - German - always show their cars in right-hand drive...to be seen as British) they want to be 'global'.  JLR doesn't understand the virtue of being seen as British...and that is just one of their fundamental problems.  Jeep would NEVER make the Wrangler abroad, but JLR would.

25 October 2018

Is £20bn of investment in new models and new engines over the next five years not enough for you?

25 October 2018
That bloke wrote:

Well, let's be honest, they gave up any pretence of being british many years ago.  Every concept car (as well as every car on their UK website)(!) being left-hand drive.  And, of course, being owned by an Indian company.  .....new iPace (though it's too expensive) ......  Jeep would NEVER make the Wrangler abroad, but JLR would.

Maybe not but JEEP (FCA owned) would make the Renegade in Italy, Brazil and maybe even the Cherokee in China.   I suppose they'd never put a Italian diesel engine in the Wrangler either, hold on they do.

I-Pace to expensive, not according to the waiting lists

25 October 2018

“While Jaguar Land Rover’s heart and sould remain firmly anchored in the UK, expanding internationally only enriches and strengthens our UK business.

Ralf Speth obviously forgetting that back in 2010, his employers announced plans to close down one of it's UK factories, but after negotiations decided to keep them open for a further 10 years.

That 10 years will soon be upon us therefore go work it out for yourselves before the clueless start using Brexit as an excuse. The matter was decided before Brexit was even a word, construction on the Slovakian factory began before the Brexit vote was taken but I'm sure that won't stop the SMMT or any other remainer from blaming Brexit. 

25 October 2018

I think Mr Speth speaks with an exceptionally forked tongue!!

25 October 2018
dezzn wrote:

I think Mr Speth speaks with an exceptionally forked tongue!!

 

Fact that work was going to be shared with Slovakia but now with Brexit they're getting all the work should be a warning to everybody over Brexit.

 

When you've invested billions in UK car plants you don't just close them down over night.   They're slow moving lumbering beasts that will take time to drip away from Britain.   We'll keep some, for sure, but new models and new investment will be made elsehwere.   It's nothing personal.   Just that they're cheaper to produce and easier to import parts to and export cars from other countries.

 

And car production in the UK will see its second twilight.

 

25 October 2018
This has likely been the game plan all along. JLR management are obsessed with volume sales and reducing cost. A strategy doomed to failure when you are supposedly selling luxury products.

25 October 2018

Diluting brand associations when it is a big part of your DNA is a risky step. As the engineering is simplified with electric propulsion heritage becomes more important not less.

Recognised brand values makes it easier to support premium prices. JLR obviously appreciate this on one level as their comments show but if this is only lip service it will not be enough longer term.

25 October 2018

There is only one car company that could only be made by it's artisan workforce and that is Morgan in Malvern. Everything else could be made anywhere.

25 October 2018

Always negative comments about JLR products, reliability & product planning, but no one gives them (or TATA) the credit for the fact that they totally turned around a business that under Ford control was a "basket case" & nearly on the brink of extinction!!!!!

They have got a fantastic product range, all totally desirable products & all designed & engineered in the UK too!!!!

The Slovakian plant will help JLR edge it's bets against any form of BREXIT.

(The Germans would never say anything that bad about their car industy, If JLR had have mislead & lied like VW has it would have been closed down immediately)

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