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Production shake-up at Land Rover as it readies new Range Rover

Production shake-up at Land Rover as it readies new Range Rover

"The potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally", JLR said in a statement.

The company, owned by Tata Motors Ltd, will create a new factory platform at its Solihull, U.K., plant that will enable the production of cars in electric, petrol and diesel versions, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be named because the information isn't public.

The Solihull plant will be converted to manufacture electric and hybrid cars which the company will switch to making from 2020.

The Discovery has been built in Solihull since it was launched in 1989.

Alongside the retooling in Solihull, JLR added that its plant in Halewood would also be overhauled to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Range Rover Evoque. The Solihull plant employs around 10,000 staff, and between 500 and 1,000 agency staff. It will affect around a third of the 300-acre Solihull factory site.

Jaguar Land Rover to Move Discovery SUV Production to Slovakia

Vidya RamJaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to move the entire production of its forthcoming Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia from the United Kingdom, in a major revamp of its manufacturing processes, British media reported on Monday.

But on Monday Jaguar Land Rover said that all production of the Discovery would be done in the Eastern European nation.

Since then the company has revealed its profits were nearly cut in half in the fourth quarter as the car-maker was stung by a combination of falling diesel sales, Brexit uncertainty and vehicle taxation.

In May, JLR announced a slight fall in pre-tax profits for the year ending in March (while pre tax profits for the quarter ending March fell sharply), pointing to "external headwinds". It has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent previous year. The manufacturer said it would also be investing in its plant at Halewood, Merseyside, to build the next generation Range Rover Evoque.

Most Range Rover Evoques and the related Discovery Sport are built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in the United Kingdom, however. The next-generation Defender is also set to the built there, given its relationship to the Discovery's underpinnings and the lower production costs.

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