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JLR to close Solihull plant for two weeks

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a two-week shutdown period later this month at its Solihull plant as it looks to take further action on declining global car sales.

Jaguar manufacturing facility

JLR is closing its Solihull plant for two weeks

The carmaker announced a month ago that it was switching to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant until Christmas as a result of “the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry”. The news came just days after JLR warned that a no-deal Brexit could impact tens of thousands of jobs and follows previous production cuts announced earlier in the year, as the industry struggles with the switch to WLTP as well as declining diesel sales and the Brexit uncertainty.

The Solihull plant produces various Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models – JLR announced this summer it was moving production of the Discovery to its new factory in Slovakia, ending almost 30 years of production of the SUV in Solihull.

Commenting on the two-week Solihull shutdown, a spokesperson for the company said:

“As part of the company’s continued strategy for profitable growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required. The decision to introduce a two-week shutdown period later this month at Solihull is one example of actions we are taking to achieve this.”

They added that customer orders in the system will not be impacted and employees affected will be paid for the duration of the shutdown.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.