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12 June 2018, 07:58 | Kelvin Horton
Production of the Land Rover Discovery is moving from Solihull to Slovakia
A JLR spokesman said: 'The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally'.
JLR have said the decision to move production and the "potential" job losses was a "tough" decision to make.
The announcement comes just two months after the company revealed it was axing 1,000 agency workers at Solihull after a slowdown in production.
'The potential losses of some agency employed staff in the United Kingdom is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally, ' JLR said in a statement.
The company, owned by Tata Motors Ltd, will create a new factory platform at its Solihull, U.K., plant that will enable the production of cars in electric, petrol and diesel versions, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be named because the information isn't public.
The Discovery has been built in Solihull since it was launched in 1989.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport (pictured) will still be made at the Halewood plant.
Discovery production at Solihull is to end after 30 years moving to Nitra in Slovakia
The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will however be built at the automaker's central English Solihull plant on an architecture which is created to allow for diesel, gasoline, electric and hybrid models to be produced.
The group saw pre-tax profit slump to £364 million in the three months to March 31, down from £676 million in the same period a year ago.
The company has also blamed Brexit for hitting demand in Europe's second-largest autos market, where demand fell 6 percent past year, a source told Reuters in April.
However, the move has also been welcomed locally as a step for the manufacturer to upgrade the Solihull plant to build new, electric models.
Alongside this, JLR says "a significant investment and technology upgrade" in Solihull will prepare the plant for other new and upcoming Land Rover models.
David Bailey, the professor of industrial strategy at Aston University, said it has raised hopes that the JLR's first electric vehicle - the I-Pace - will be built in Britain. 'This multi-plant approach mirrors the strategy taken for Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport at our plants in Halewood, China and Brazil, ensuring our manufacturing output is able to keep up with strong consumer demand, ' said Wolfgang Stadler, global manufacturing director.
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