Jaguar Land Rover set to ban operations in April post-Brexit
This April, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will halt production for one week due to potential disruption from Brexit.
The shutdown, between April 8-12, will affect all three of Jaguar Land Rover’s UK car plants, as well as its engine plant.
It is said to be the second closure in six months for the car manufacturer. This follows recent news that thousands of jobs are to be cut because of JLR’s sale slump in China.
In October 2018, JLR closed its main plant in Solihull for two weeks last October to meet ‘fluctuating demand’. JLR exports 80 per cent of its cars, which is worth £18bn annually.
Jaguar Land Rover employs just under 39,000 workers at sites across Solihull and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, as well as Halewood on Merseyside.
The closure plan in April follows a recent announcement that JLR is to cut 4,500 jobs in a bid to cut costs of up to £2.5bn. The company stated a ‘no-deal’ scenario would force it to relocate from the UK because of an expected £1.2bn surge in tariff costs.
JLR admitted to a £90m loss, last October, and said that the next stage of its ‘transformation’ would be with a voluntary redundancy programme in the UK.