New JLR de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship un­veiled

BUSI­NESS SEC­RE­TARY JOINS FORCES WITH MAYOR TO HELP CAR MAKER AND SUP­PLI­ERS

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ENDA MULLEN

BUSI­NESS Sec­re­tary Greg Clarke is to co-chair a spe­cial part­ner­ship be­ing set up to help Jaguar Land Rover and its sup­pli­ers go­ing for­ward.

The Jaguar Land Rover De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship will see Mr Clarke join forces with West Mid­lands Mayor Andy Street.

A first meet­ing of the new or­gan­i­sa­tion will take place in Birm­ing­ham to­day.

The an­nounce­ment of the new part­ner­ship came after Jaguar Land Rover re­vealed it is plan­ning to cut 4,500 jobs as part of a £2.5bil­lion cost-sav­ing pro­gramme.

The new body will look at ways to en­sure Jaguar Land Rover and its sup­pli­ers are able to suc­ceed in the UK as the Coven­try car maker fo­cuses on elec­tric and self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles.

Mem­bers of the part­ner­ship will in­clude Jaguar Land Rover man­agers, lo­cal MPs, other politi­cians from the Mid­lands and the north west, firms in the Jaguar Land Rover sup­ply chain, trade body rep­re­sen­ta­tives and trade union of­fi­cials.

Speak­ing in the wake of the an­nounce­ment and the rea­sons be­hind set­ting up the new part­ner­ship, Mr Clarke said: “This is a com­mer­cial de­ci­sion for the com­pany but nev­er­the­less it will clearly be a wor­ry­ing time for Jaguar Land Rover em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a much val­ued British com­pany with a tal­ented and ded­i­cated work­force.

“The Gov­ern­ment has, and will con­tinue, to work closely with the busi­ness to en­sure that it can suc­ceed long into the fu­ture as it in­vests and tran­si­tions to au­tonomous, con­nected and elec­tric ve­hi­cles.”

The footage below shows Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clarke speak­ing about the im­por­tance of the UK Bat­tery In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion Cen­tre be­ing built in Coven­try

Mr Clarke said Jaguar Land Rover re­mained com­mit­ted to the UK and cited ‘good news’ in the shape of Jaguar Land Rover an­nounc­ing plans to man­u­fac­ture elec­tric mo­tors at its en­gine fac­tory in Wolver­hamp­ton and bat­ter­ies at a new fac­tory be­ing built at Hams Hall in north War­wick­shire.

“Jaguar Land Rover and its own­ers have made clear they re­main firmly com­mit­ted to the UK, con­tin­u­ing to in­vest bil­lions and em­ploy­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple,” he said.

“This in­cludes to­day’s an­nounce­ment of in­vest­ment in next gen­er­a­tion elec­tric drive units to be pro­duced in Wolver­hamp­ton and a new bat­tery assem­bly cen­tre in Hams Hall.

“Build­ing on last year’s in­vest­ment in their key plants in Soli­hull and Hale­wood to build the nextgen­er­a­tion of Land Rover models, in­clud­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles.”

Mr Clarke added: “The UK is a world-leader in au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing. Through our mod­ern In­dus­trial Strat­egy, we are build­ing on those world beat­ing strengths and in­vest­ing in the fu­ture to put the UK at the fore­front of the next gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles.”

West Mid­lands Mayor Andy Street, co-chair of the Jaguar Land Rover De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship, said: “I am con­fi­dent Jaguar Land Rover will be a crit­i­cal part of our re­gion’s fu­ture suc­cess.

“I know the Tata Group and Jaguar Land Rover are com­mit­ted to man­u­fac­tur­ing in the West Mid­lands and to de­vel­op­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles.”

He added: “I am work­ing closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the Gov­ern­ment to sup­port Jaguar Land Rover as they make the move to mak­ing elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles.

“We will look closely at the de­tails of to­day’s an­nounce­ment and take clear ac­tion to sup­port Jaguar Land Rover’s fu­ture suc­cess.”

Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clarke

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