JLR likely to resume production in Europe from May 18

    Carmaker looking to resume production at its plants in Solihull, Slovakia, and Austria from next month.

    Published On Apr 26, 2020 08:00:00 AM


    JLR likely to resume production in Europe from May 18

    Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest car maker, is aiming to resume production at its plants in Solihull, Slovakia, and Austria from May 18.

    The firm has said it will gradually resume production in Europe, starting with these three facilities, with production at other sites - including its other UK plants – kicking off “in due course” as restrictions to tackle the coronavirus outbreak are gradually eased.

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said “the health and wellbeing of our employees is our first priority”, and is working on a series of “robust” protocols and guidelines for when production resumes. These are likely to be similar to those introduced by other car firms that have resumed production elsewhere in Europe and will include social distancing measures.

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit the car industry hard, with factories closed worldwide and sales slumping as dealerships are forced to shut due to lockdown restrictions. JLR sales fell by 30.9 percent year on year in the first three months of 2020, and the firm has currently placed around half its staff on furlough under the UK government’s job retention scheme. JLR’s executive leadership team have also taken pay cuts.

    Production has already resumed at JLR’s joint venture plant in Changsha, China, where the coronavirus outbreak began earlier and restrictions are already easing.

    JLR is the latest manufacturer to confirm it is preparing to resume production in the UK. Nissan has started a pilot scheme at its Sunderland plant, and Aston Martin is aiming to resume work at its St Athan facility on May 5, 2020.

    Also read:

    How coronavirus has hit the global auto industry: a timeline

    Copyright (c) Autocar UK. All rights reserved.



    No comments yet. Be the first to comment.

    Ask Autocar Anything about Car and Bike Buying and Maintenance Advices
    Need an expert opinion on your car and bike related queries?
    Ask Now

    Search By Car Price

    Poll of the month

    The Mahindra XUV 300 facelift will be called the XUV 3XO. Should more brands rename models for facelifts?

    Yes, it could give new life to a slow-selling car



    Yes, but only if there are significant changes



    No, it's confusing and dilutes the brand name



    No difference, the product speaks for itself



    Total Votes : 647
    Sign up for our newsletter

    Get all the latest updates from the automobile universe