In 2015 Jaguar Land Rover became Britain’s largest automotive manufacturer, building a third of all cars made in the UK.
The UK’s car manufacturing industry produced 1,587,677 cars and Jaguar Land Rover’s three factories at Solihull, Birmingham and Liverpool produced 500,000 of them.
With such a volume of cars being produced and exported – over 80% of Jaguar Land Rover’s revenue is from vehicle exports – expansion is necessary and the company has confirmed that it is the first British car company to open a manufacturing facility in Slovakia.
The new world-class £1 billion premium manufacturing facility will eventually employ around 2,800 people – and confirming its commitment to UK jobs, the company has doubled its investment in the engine plant in Wolverhampton, creating several hundred new jobs.
The plant in Nitra, western Slovakia, joins facilities in China, India and Brazil, alongside the existing UK plants. It will manufacture a range of all-new aluminium Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, with the first cars coming on stream in 2018 and an initial capacity of 150,000 vehicles per annum.
Slovakia already has an established premium automotive sector and with more than 300 suppliers close to the factory it's an ideal place for a new facility on mainland Europe, Jaguar Land Rover's largest market.
In the last five years, Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people, to take its total workforce to more than 37,000, including the advanced engineering and design centre at Whitley, Coventry.
More than £11 billion has been invested into new product creation and capital expenditure and the investment into the engine plant where the next generation Ingenium engines are produced has recently been doubled to £1bn, creating hundreds of new jobs.