Slovakia Selected As Site For New Jaguar Land Rover Plant
Location Chosen For Logistics, Supply Chain
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been growing by leaps and bounds lately, largely on the strong and growing global demand for crossovers and SUVs, announcing or already operating plants in Brazil, China, India, as well as its established manufacturing base in the U.K. There was intense speculation that JLR would build a plant in North America, either the U.S. or Mexico. One of the leading candidates was reportedly South Carolina. But today, JLR dashed hopes for a U.S. plant with the announcement that that likely location for the new plant would be Slovakia.
The company says the site was selected after a “robust analysis” of multiple locations, including the U.S. Working in Slovakia’s favor was an already well-established industrial base and supply chain logistics. The tentative site for the plant is the city of Nitra, located in the southwestern region of the Slovak Republic. The Volkswagen Group has a large manufacturing facility in Bratislava, about 60 miles to the west near the Austrian border.
The factory will be specifically set up for volume production of aluminum-bodied vehicles, suggesting it could build any number of the company’s car and SUV models. The plant’s ultimate designed capacity is a robust 300,000 units. Between the two brands, Land Rover out-sold Jaguar by a nearly four-to-one margin in 2014.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover