JLR is close to deciding on a location for a new factory which will be built in Europe in either Slovakia or Poland. Representatives of Jaguar Land Rover are going to meet today with the authorities in Warsaw and this will actually be the sixth round of negotiations between the two parties about the potential new assembly plant.
By 2019, JLR wants to have an annual capacity of 350,000 units at the factory where it’s unknown at this point which type of vehicles are going to be manufactured. If Poland wins the contract, it will be the biggest investment in the automotive industry ever in the country as stated by the local deputy prime minister Janusz Piechocinski.
These discussions regarding a new factory come only a few days after Jaguar Land Rover signed an agreement with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria. The deal between the two parties refers to current models, but reports are indicating this will be the venue where Magna Steyr will assemble the Jaguar E-Pace due before the end of the decade to slot underneath the F-Pace. In addition, this location could also be used to put together the larger J-Pace believed to hit the market by 2019 and use the same platform as the unreleased Range Rover facelift.
We should also mention JLR established a new factory in China last year with a total annual capacity of 130,000 units while next year they will open a new plant in Brazil. Moreover, the bosses at Jaguar Land Rover will decide in 2016 about the possibility of opening a plant in United States in 2018.
All these moves are part of an extended growth plan to boost sales all over the world and expand the model lineup of both Jaguar and Land Rover. They have also increased workforce to more than 35,000 employees and are making major investments in development.
Source: Automotive News