Jaguar Land Rover

  1. Jaguar Land Rover increases production as sales rise

    Car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has restored a two-shift work pattern at several UK plants as demand increases for its cars.

    Workers at JLR

    The Coventry-based firm has cut thousands of jobs over the past two years amid a slowdown in sales which it blamed on Brexit and then Covid-19.

    Production was halted completely in March during lockdown and then restarted at a reduced capacity.

    But JLR said sales had increased more than 50% in the three months to the end of September compared to the previous quarter.

    To meet the rise in demand, the firm has increased production to two-shifts at plants including Solihull and the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.

  2. JLR employees isolate after positive Covid tests

    Twenty-four employees at Jaguar Land Rover's plant in Solihull have tested positive for coronavirus.

    JLR's Lode Lane plant in Solihull

    The car manufacturer, which employs about 7,000 people at the site on Lode Lane, says all those affected are self-isolating.

    A deep clean has been carried out at the factory and people who have been in close contact with the infected workers have also been told to self-isolate, the company adds.

  3. New JLR chief executive takes up role

    The new chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover takes up the role today.

    Thierry Bollore has a background in the car manufacturing industry as the previous CEO of Renault.

    Thierry Bollore

    Mr Bollore succeeds former JLR boss Sir Ralf Speth, who remains as non-executive vice chairman.

  4. Appeal over Land Rover Defender trademark fails

    An attempt by Jaguar Land Rover to trademark the shape of the Defender has been rejected by the High Court.

    The UK Intellectual Property Office refused the applications last year after an official decided that the shapes of the Defender 90 and 110 lacked "distinctiveness".

    The High Court had been asked to rule on an appeal by JLR.

    Land Rover Defender

    The firm stopped making the defender in 2016 and has since announced plans to make a replacement.

    But a rival company, Ineos Automotive, has said it plans to make a similar vehicle "inspired" by the classic design at a factory in Bridgend.

  5. Scrappage scheme encouraged to help ailing car firms

    The government is being urged to offer more support for the car industry following the announcement of job losses at Jaguar Land Rover.

    Jaguar Land Rover workers

    The Coventry-based company said it has "taken the difficult decision to reduce the number of contract-agency employees in its manufacturing plants over the coming months".

    It is understood that potentially up to 1,100 temporary roles are at risk.

    Professor David Bailey from the University of Birmingham said a scrappage scheme to encourage people to buy cars again would be welcome.

    "France is already doing it, Germany's doing it, Spain's about to do it - we'll need something similar in the UK to help car companies like Jaguar Land Rover."

  6. JLR announce 1,100 agency jobs to go

    Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to cut up to 1,100 agency jobs across it plants, including those at Solihull and Castle Bromwich.

    Jaguar Landrover

    Workers on temporary service contracts will lose their jobs by the end of the year - following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business.

    The carmaker has reported a pre-tax loss of £501m in the three months to the end of March.

  7. JLR increases face visor production

    Jaguar Land Rover says it is increasing the number of protective face visors it is making for healthcare staff.

    The firm is making 14,000 a week using 3D printers at its base in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

    JLR sign

    The masks are being sent directly to NHS trusts for use on the wards, including at nearby Warwick Hospital.

  8. Jaguar Land Rover 3D-printing visors

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    Jaguar Land Rover is using its 3D printers to make visors for doctors and nurses.

    Staff wearing a visor
    Quote Message: Right from the beginning we took consultation from healthcare workers in covid wards and being able to print models overnight with the 3D printer we can review very quickly to help refine that design." from Ben Wilson Prototype design manager at JLR
    Ben WilsonPrototype design manager at JLR