Jaguar Land Rover to pause work at its UK factories for one week in November to reduce No Deal Brexit disruption
Jaguar Land Rover will pause production at its British factories for a week in November to reduce disruption from a potential No Deal Brexit.
The luxury car maker will join BMW and Toyota, which have both planned similar shutdowns after the October 31 Brexit deadline.
JLR boss Ralf Speth said the firm had no other choice.
Jaguar Land Rover announced it will pause production at its British factories for a week in November as it opened its new engineering and development site in Gaydon, Warwickshire
Speaking at the opening of JLR’s new engineering and development site in Gaydon, Warwickshire, Speth said: ‘We cannot think about it, we just have to do it.
‘I need 20m parts a day and that means I have to make commitments to my suppliers. I have to have each and every part available, and I have to have it just in time.’
A day previously, No Deal Brexit minister Michael Gove said the industry had told him it was ‘ready’ for No Deal.
Car makers have been vocal opponents of a possible No Deal Brexit, which could wreak havoc with the supply chains.
Speth was speaking as JLR opened the UK’s biggest state-of-the-art centre for creating electric and self-driving cars.
Nearly 13,000 highly-skilled engineers and designers will work on the site, built on a former military airfield, as the struggling car manufacturer attempts to break away from its reliance on diesel engines to power its luxury four-wheeled drive cars.
JLR said one of the projects at the Advanced Product Creation Centre would be an all-electric version of the Jaguar XJ limousine, favoured by prime ministers and captains of industry.
Bosses said the huge site represents an investment of almost £500million over several years.