JLR to expand Halewood plant, create around 1,000 jobs

Jaguar Land RoverJaguar Land Rover (JLR), the British luxury car maker owned by Tata Motors, is planning to expand its plant at Merseyside in the UK, which could create around 1,000 jobs.

JLR will expand its Halewood plant in north-west England as part of its ambitious £2.7-billion investment plan this year.

In March 2012, JLR announced that it would create 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood plant to support production of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2.

The additional workforce will boost the total number of workers at Halewood to almost 5,500 - trebling the number employed there compared to three years ago.

Tata Motors, which acquired JLR from Ford Motors in 2008 for £2.7 billion, is already building an Engine Manufacturing Centre aimed at producing a new generation of technologically-advanced, lightweight, low-emission four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines.

The 100,000-square-metre Halewood plant will include an engine testing centre alongside the manufacturing and assembly halls.

JLR had last month launched in India the F-Type two-seater convertible sports car powered by Jaguar's new 3-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380 horse power at a starting price of Rs1.61 crore.

The All-New Range Rover is in good demand and Tata Motors is now planning for the All-New Range Rover Sport, to be launched in the coming months.

Yesterday, the London-based The Sunday Times reported that the announcement of the expansion has been delayed by a union dispute between DHL and its workers, who are contracted by JLR to deliver parts to production lines at Halewood.