Jaguar Land Rover confirms Slovakia factory

Jaguar Land Rover confirms Slovakia factory

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that it will be the first UK carmaker to open a manufacturing plant in Slovakia.

The news follows an agreement between JLR and the government of the Slovak Republic to build a plant in the city of Nitra, western Slovakia.

Following its completion the £1bn plant will employ around 2,800 people complementing its existing facilities in the UK, China, India and Brazil.

The announcement follows JLR’s recent confirmation to double its investment in its engine plant in the UK to almost £1bn – the largest injection into a new British manufacturing plant in decades.

Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer, said: "Jaguar Land Rover is delighted to welcome Slovakia into our family.

“The new factory will complement our existing facilities in the UK, China, India and Brazil and marks the next step in the company’s strategy to become a truly global business.

“Slovakia has an established premium automotive sector, which represents 43% of the country’s overall industry.

“It has more than 300 suppliers in close proximity and an excellent logistics infrastructure; this confirmed our decision that this country was the ideal location. 

“The heart of our company will always be in the UK, where our design, technology and manufacturing capabilities are based.

“It is our creativity and innovation which makes Jaguar Land Rover the leading boutique automotive brand, offering exceptional products for our customers.”

As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver more lightweight vehicles, the plant will manufacture a range of all-new aluminium Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

The first cars are expected to be produced in late 2018 with the plant boasting an initial capacity of 150,000.

Construction is expected to begin next year.