Jaguar Land Rover intends to resume production in MayApril 24, 2020
The largest car manufacturer in the UK, plans to resume production at its plants in Solihull, Slovakia and Austria from May 18.
Jaguar Land Rover said it will gradually resume production in Europe, starting with three plants, and gradually launching the remaining plants, including other British facilities, as the restrictions on controlling the outbreak of coronavirus are gradually being removed.
Representatives of the brand said that “the health and well-being of our employees is our first priority” and the company is working on a series of “reliable” protocols and guidelines for resuming production. They are likely to be similar to those introduced by other car companies that have resumed production in other European countries and will include social distance measures.
The coronavirus pandemic hit the auto industry hard: factories closed around the world and sales fell because dealerships were forced to stop operations due to restrictions.
JLR sales fell 30.9% during the first three months of 2020, and the company is currently cutting about half its employees in line with the UK government job retention system. JLR management has also taken steps to reduce wages.
Production has already resumed at the JLR joint venture factory in Changsha, China, where the outbreak of the coronavirus began earlier. JLR is the last manufacturer to confirm that it is preparing to resume production in the UK. Nissan has launched a pilot scheme at its Sunderland plant, and Aston Martin plans to resume operations at its St. Atan plant on May 5.
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