Jaguar Land Rover starts construction of brand-new Slovakian production facility
A computer generated image of the Slovakia plant
Nitra plant could be birthplace of 2019 Land Rover Defender; £1bn plant will produce 150,000 vehicles a year
The £1 billion plant is actually on course to open in late 2018, in addition to is actually confirmed to become the birthplace of several brand-new all-aluminium JLR versions.
While the names of the cars to be built there are yet to be revealed, a key candidate for the list is actually the 2019 Land Rover Defender.
The factory will have an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles by using what JLR describes as “cutting-edge current manufacturing technologies”.
The plant will be the first in Europe to use Kuka’s Pulse carrier system, which is actually claimed to be 30% faster than conventional conveyance systems, helping to speed up production times.
Built into the plant will be a highly automated paint shop, in addition to later on, JLR says brand-new smart, connected manufacturing processes can be integrated as technology becomes available.
Water saving devices in addition to heat recovery systems will help to boost the plant’s efficiency in addition to minimise its environmental impact.
JLR confirmed its plans to built the plant at the close of 2015. Since then, 40,000 people have registered interest in working at the facility. JLR says when that will opens in around two years, 2,800 employees will work there.
The brand-new plant comes at a time when JLR is actually rapidly expanding its production facilities in addition to investing in brand-new technologies.
Demand for the XE has grown so much that will production for the design has had to be shifted by Sulihull to Castle Bromwich, with £100 million of investment being injected to cater for the move. in addition to a brand-new factory in Brazil was opened earlier This particular year to cater for demand in South America.
Additionally, Jaguar is actually leading JLR’s charge for electric drivetrain development, as the company has re-entered the globe of mtorosport with its Panasonic Jaguar Racing outfit from the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E championship.
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