Jaguar Land Rovers Opens Manufacturing Plant In Slovakia

Posted on Sun ,28 Oct 2018 1:35 pm
CG News Desk
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Jaguar Land Rovers Opens Manufacturing Plant In Slovakia

The Land Rover Discovery is produced here.

 

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has opened a new manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia. The € 1.4bn (£ 1bn) facility currently employs 1,500 people and is used to produce the Land Rover Discovery.

 

JLR’s Slovakian manufacturing facility is spread across 300,000 square metres and has an annual capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles per year. The first Land Rover Discovery rolled of its production line from the Nitra plant in September 2018.

 

The plant is the first in Europe to use Kuka’s Pulse carrier system which has 30% faster transfer times than conventional conveyance systems. The plant also features a highly automated paint shop to ensure the highest quality of paint and also to minimise the impact on the environment.

 

The Slovakian plant has been designed with future flexibility in mind to enable smart, connected manufacturing technologies, such as shop floor visualisation by using real time data to solve issues which the company says will support improved process efficiency, delivery and quality.

 

The plant currently employees 1,500 people, 98% are Slovak nationals. Women represent 30% of the workforce. In the second phase the company will recruit additional 850 employees. Components such as the seats and wheels have been locally sourced thus creating additional jobs in the automotive supply chain in Slovakia.

 

 

Prof. Dr Ralf Speth commented: “Global businesses require global operational footprints. While Jaguar Land Rover's heart and soul remain firmly anchored in the UK, expanding internationally only enriches and strengthens our UK business.

Today’s opening of our next generation manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia represents the start of a new era in manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover. It is the latest milestone in our long-term globalisation programme and the culmination of four years planning. As with our existing manufacturing facilities located in the UK, China, Brazil, India and Austria, this high-tech plant in Slovakia will complement and support our corporate, R&D and engineering functions headquartered in the UK.”



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