JLR boosts manufacturing with first-time move to three shifts

JAGUAR Land Rover has introduced a third shift at its thriving Halewood plant, which manufactures the Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque models.

 

The plant will now operate around the clock production to cope with rising global demand for its new Evoque model.

 

The move will take production at Halewood to 24 hours for the first time in its history and, says the company, demonstrates the global appeal of the new Range Rover Evoque, with nearly 88,000 vehicles sold in more than 170 markets.

 

Des Thurlby, HR director at JLR said: ‘With 4,500 employees, JLR Halewood has trebled its workforce in just three years – and the size of the workforce is now the highest it has been for 20 years. As well as creating new jobs, our on-going global success means we continue to have a positive economic impact in theNorth Westand throughout theUKsupply chain.’

 

The news follows JLR’s announcement earlier in the year to create over 1,000 new jobs at Halewood, raising skills levels with the recruitment of production operators, supervisors and engineers.

 

The boost in activity at the plant is set to create significant opportunities in theUKautomotive supply chain, opening up thousands more jobs in the local economy.


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