Jaguar Land Rover to create 1,000 new jobs in Britain
INDIAN-OWNED luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover announced yesterday that it will ramp up vehicle production and create 1,000 new jobs at its car factory in northwestern England.
“Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today announces the creation of 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood Operations manufacturing facility, near Liverpool in the UK,” it said in a statement.
“The positions, which will support the ongoing significant demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2, take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500 - treble the number employed there just three years ago.”
India’s leading vehicle maker Tata Motors acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for $2.3bn (£1.46bn) in 2008.
“These 1,000 new jobs are further evidence of JLR’s clear ambition for continued growth,” added JLR human resources director Des Thurlby in Tuesday’s statement.
“We are moving Halewood to three shifts and 24-hour operation to meet increased global demand for our products.”
He added: “JLR’s supply chain is also set to benefit, with thousands more jobs expected to be created.”
“Our commitment to expand the Halewood workforce and increase production is great news for JLR, for Merseyside and for the wider UK economy.
The announcement was meanwhile welcomed by Unite, which is Britain’s biggest trade union.
“The creation of new jobs at Halewood is more good news for Britain’s car industry and the local economy,” said Unite official Roger Maddison.
“Again, Britain’s car industry is bucking the trend of manufacturing decline. It is proof that with the right investment and support, UK manufacturing can be a success story.”
Picture: Design director Jaguar Iam Cullam (L), Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata (C) and design director Land Rover Gerry Mcgovern (R) pose with the new Land Rover Defender 100 concept car at the 2012 India Auto Expo in New Delhi on January 5, 2012.
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