Slovakia – Jaguar Land Rover has opened its manufacturing facility in Nitra, which is positioned within the west of the nation, an hour’s drive from the capital Bratislava. It price the corporate €1.4bn (US$1.59bn) to construct, covers an space of 300,000 sq.m, and has an annual output of 150,000 automobiles.
“International companies require international operational footprints. Whereas Jaguar Land Rover’s coronary heart and soul stay firmly anchored within the UK, increasing internationally solely enriches and strengthens our UK enterprise. Right now’s opening of our subsequent era manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia represents the beginning of a brand new period in manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover. It’s the newest milestone in our long-term globalisation programme and the end result of 4 years planning. As with our current manufacturing services positioned within the UK, China, Brazil, India and Austria, this high-tech plant in Slovakia will complement and help our company, R&D and engineering capabilities headquartered within the UK,” commented Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR.
The plant is reportedly the primary in Europe to implement Kuka’s Pulse provider system, with switch occasions 30% quicker than standard conveyors. JLR says the power has additionally been designed with a number of applied sciences in thoughts, “comparable to store flooring visualisation by utilizing actual time knowledge to unravel points.”
It’s at the moment getting used to make the Land Rover Discovery, which was a serious contributor to the rising gross sales that the OEM recorded for the monetary 12 months ending 31 March 2018. The mannequin was beforehand made in Solihull, the UK, however this plant has not too long ago been closed for two-weeks with JLR citing uncertainty over Brexit as the first issue.
The opening of the plant follows shortly after JLR’s first all-electric SUV, the I-Tempo, entered manufacturing at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria.
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