Those rumors about JLR’s plan to establish a new factory somewhere in Eastern Europe have turned out to be valid as Slovakia was chosen for a new assembly plant. Other candidates were Mexico, United States and other European countries but ultimately the city of Nitra in Slovakia was selected as it’s close to an evolved supply chain and also offers an efficient logistics infrastructure.
The plan is to start car assembly in 2018 and once the factory will reach its full production potential, approximately 300,000 units will be completed at this facility where it’s not known at this point which models will be put together, but they do refer to “a range of aluminum Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.” The latest gossip indicates this will be the venue where Land Rover will build the much-awaited successor of the iconic Defender off-roader, along with possibly other models such as the Jaguar XE compact premium sedan.
Aside from announcing a massive investment in Slovakia, the automotive conglomerate owned by Tata Motors has plans to expand the engineering & design center located in Whitley, Coventry in UK and they also will inject funds at the University of Warwick in the National Automotive Innovation Center.
The announcement for a new factory comes after late 2014 when JLR established a joint venture in China and kicked off construction of a new plant in Brazil to join the existing plants in United Kingdom and India.
In the last five years, Jaguar Land Rover has hired more than 20,000 people and now their workforce stands at a total of more than 36,000 employees while investments in these years stood at a whopping £11 billion (1.1 trillion INR) used for new products as well as capital expenditure.
As a final note, JLR will announce the results of the planned feasibility study in the city of Nitra in Slovakia before the end of this year.