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JLR eyes Slovak Republic for next manufacturing centre

11 August 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a Letter of Intent with the government of the Slovak Republic for the potential development of a new manufacturing plant in the country.

The Jaguar XJR (image courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover)

The UK remains the cornerstone of Jaguar Land Rover’s business. Over the past five years, it has employed more than 20,000 people taking its workforce to more than 36,000 and invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.

During this time, the Company has invested in UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, Jaguar F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

It has also invested more than £500 million in a new engine manufacturing centre in the UK, creating 1,400 new jobs in the Midlands, and plans to expand its advanced engineering and design centre at Whitley, Coventry and in the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick.

“The expansion of our business globally is essential to support its long-term, resilient growth," says Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover. "As well as creating additional capacity, it allows us to invest in the development of more new vehicles and technologies, which supports jobs in the UK.

“With its established premium automotive industry, Slovakia is an attractive potential development opportunity for us. The new factory will complement our existing facilities in the UK, China, India and the one under construction in Brazil.”

The feasibility study underway with the Slovakian Government will explore plans for a factory in the city of Nitra in western Slovakia with an installed capacity of up to 300,000 vehicles over the next decade. As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver more lightweight vehicles, the plant would manufacture a range of aluminium Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. It is anticipated that the first cars will come off the production line in 2018.

Following robust analysis of a number of locations including Europe, the United States and Mexico, Jaguar Land Rover has selected Slovakia as its preferred location. It is close to a strong supply chain and good logistics infrastructure. Subject to the outcome of the feasibility study, a final decision is expected later this year.

“The Slovakian Government is delighted to be selected as Jaguar Land Rover’s preferred location for this feasibility study, says Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia. "We are committed to developing Slovakia’s premium automotive industry and, should we be successful, this investment would represent a significant step forward in achieving this. It would provide a boost to our country’s wider industrial strategy as well as benefitting the European Union as a whole. We look forward to working closely with Jaguar Land Rover over the coming months to progress the negotiations.”

Jaguar Land Rover has made significant progress in building its international manufacturing presence over the last year. It opened a new joint venture in China and commenced construction of its local manufacturing plant in Brazil at the end of 2014.


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