4,500 JOBS TO GO AT JAGUAR

STAFF BE­ING ASKED TO TAKE VOL­UN­TARY RE­DUN­DANCY PLANS ALSO RE­VEALED FOR NEW FAC­TORY AT HAMS HALL

Coventry Telegraph - - Front Page - By ENDA MULLEN [email protected]­plc.com

News Re­porter JAGUAR Land Rover has an­nounced it is to cut its work­force by 4,500 jobs with the brunt of the losses be­ing felt in the UK.

The lat­est cuts will come on top of the 1,500 peo­ple who left the Coven­try car maker last year.

The re­struc­ture will be­gin with an op­tion for staff to take vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy.

Bosses at Jaguar Land Rover said it is part of its Charge and Ac­cel­er­ate pro­gramme, which aims to de­liver £2.5 bil­lion-worth of cost sav­ings.

The com­pany said the sav­ings will en­able Jaguar Land Rover to fund the nec­es­sary in­vest­ments into tech­nol­ogy to “safe­guard its fu­ture”.

It added that the changes would “lay foun­da­tions for longterm sus­tain­able prof­itable growth” and cre­ate a “leaner, more re­silient or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

The com­pany has also pledged to in­vest in an elec­tric fu­ture and re­vealed it will be pro­duc­ing elec­tric mo­tors at its en­gine fac­tory in Wolver­hamp­ton and cre­at­ing a new bat­tery fac­tory at Hams Hall in War­wick­shire.

Jaguar Land Rover pre­vi­ously said it wanted to have elec­tri­fied ver­sions of all its ve­hi­cles avail­able by 2022.

That would in­clude a range of hy­brid mod­els as well as all-elec­tric cars.

The com­pany cur­rently pro­duces just one all-elec­tric ve­hi­cle - the Jaguar I-Pace.

Jaguar Land Rover said its charge and ac­cel­er­ate’ pro­gramme had so far iden­ti­fied £1bil­lion-worth of im­prove­ments, with more than £500mil­lion al­ready re­alised in 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth said: “We are tak­ing de­ci­sive ac­tion to help de­liver long-term growth, in the face of mul­ti­ple geopo­lit­i­cal and reg­u­la­tory dis­rup­tions as well as tech­nol­ogy chal­lenges fac­ing the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

“The charge and ac­cel­er­ate pro­gramme com­bines ef­fi­ciency mea­sures with tar­geted in­vest­ment, safe­guard­ing our fu­ture and en­sur­ing that we max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by grow­ing de­mand for au­tonomous, con­nected, elec­tric and shared tech­nolo­gies.”

Mr Speth added: “These in­vest­ments in­clude to­day’s an­nounce­ment that, from later this year, nex­tgen­er­a­tion elec­tric drive units (EDU) will be pro­duced at the com­pany’s En­gine Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre in Wolver­hamp­ton.

“These EDUs will be pow­ered by bat­ter­ies as­sem­bled at a new Jaguar Land Rover Bat­tery As­sem­bly Cen­tre lo­cated at Hams Hall, North War­wick­shire, re­in­forc­ing the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the West Mid­lands and the UK.”

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