Jaguar Land Rover in move away from UK

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY RAVENDER SEMBHY

JAGUAR Land Rover is to shift all pro­duc­tion of its Dis­cov­ery model to Slo­vakia from Birm­ing­ham in a move likely to af­fect hun­dreds of work­ers.

The com­pany said the switch will take place early next year and that agency work­ers are most at risk from the de­ci­sion.

Two years ago the firm, owned by In­dia’s Tata Mo­tors, in­sisted that its Slo­vakia plant would “com­ple­ment” its UK op­er­a­tions, with the Dis­cov­ery built in both lo­ca­tions.

But Jaguar Land Rover said that all pro­duc­tion of the Dis­cov­ery would be done in the East­ern Euro­pean na­tion.

“The de­ci­sion to move the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery to Slo­vakia and the po­ten­tial losses of some agency em­ployed staff in the UK is a tough one but forms part of our long-term man­u­fac­tur­ing strat­egy as we trans­form our busi­ness glob­ally,” the group added. It comes weeks af­ter prof­its at Jaguar Land Rover were al­most cut in half in the fourth quar­ter, a com­bi­na­tion of fall­ing diesel sales, Brexit un­cer­tainty and tax­a­tion.

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