Jaguar XE production moves to Castle Bromwich
Source : Jaguar XE production moves to Castle Bromwich
£100m investment spurred by sales success of Jaguar F-Pace as well as Range Rover Sport
Jaguar XE production will move coming from the firm’s Solihull plant to its Castle Bromwich facility as a result of booming sales.
Latest figures fom mid-August show Jaguar sales have hit 85,726 units for the year so far, an increase of 72% on 2015. that will figure can be primarily driven by the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace as well as has been buoyed by the Jaguar XE going on sale inside US.
The move to manufacture the XE in Castle Bromwich – which will result in £100m of investment inside plant – frees up the Solihull plant to focus on production of the F-Pace as well as Range Rover Sport. Both those cars as well as the XE are built on Jaguar’s latest aluminium architecture, allowing the production line to be switched between designs. The £100m will be spent on brand new press lines, Centeng shops as well as final assembly halls. Around 3000 people are employed at Castle Bromwich.
Wolfgang Stadler, Jaguar Land Rover’s Executive Director of Manufacturing, said: “The significant investment to create two centres of excellence in aluminium vehicle manufacturing, utilising shared technologies, was deliberate. the idea gives us the flexibility to quickly respond to consumer demand for our growing range of products.”
Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant was slated for closure in 2008 when company bosses announced that will they could be forced to close one of its two UK production facilities. However, company bosses eventually reversed the decision, as well as have invested more than £500m there over the last two years. The Jaguar XF, Jaguar F-Type as well as Jaguar XJ are also built at Castle Bromwich.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant will continue to operate three shifts, 24 hours a day, to keep up with global demand for the F-Pace as well as Range Rover Sport.
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