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Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia

11 June 2018

The company will enable the production of cars in electric, gasoline and diesel versions in Solihull, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information isn't public. The manufacturer will build the next of its Range Rover Evoque models at a site in Halewood in northern England, where the Discovery Sport is also made.

In the short-term, more work than anticipated will move to JLR's new £1bn facility in Nitra, Slovakia, which is due to open at the end of the year.

The move is likely to result in Britain's biggest auto maker cutting agency staff at the plant near Birmingham as part of a manufacturing shake-up which is due to take effect from early next year as the European site at Nitra comes on line.

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Jobs have been put at risk after Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) confirmed plans to relocate all of the production of its Discovery range from Solihull to Slovakia. Also our latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, including plug-in hybrid options, have been performing particularly well in key markets.

The company said retail sales were up 24 per cent in overseas markets, 20.9 per cent in the United Kingdom and 16.7 per cent in North America. The biggest plant in the company, it now employs 9,000 people.

There are 1,800 agency workers in the Solihull plant, out of a workforce of 10,000, the BBC reports.

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"The new, award winning Range Rover Velar was an important contributor".

Last month, the company - which is owned by India's Tata Motors, said fourth-quarter pre-tax profit halved to £364million on revenues of £7.6billion.

The group saw pre-tax profit slump to £364million in the three months to March 31, down from £676million in the same period a year ago.

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As well as new manufacturing plants in China and South America, JLR has struck a deal with carmaker Magna Steyr to build the both its Jaguar E-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace models in Austria. While some agency-employed plant workers may lose their jobs, the decision to build electric cars at Solihull marks a major commitment to United Kingdom manufacturing amid uncertainty over Brexit.

Jaguar Land Rover moves Discovery production to Slovakia