Jaguar Land Rover in two-week shutdown as sales struggle

JLR is shutting its major Solihull factory for a fortnight from October 22

JLR is shutting its major Solihull factory for a fortnight from October 22

The company, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, said: "Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required".

A quarter of Jaguar Land Rover's workers will down tools for two weeks later this month in the latest sign of a sales slowdown for the troubled vehicle manufacturer.

The Solihull factory, which employs 9,000 people, will cease production for a fortnight from 22 October.

The company's sales in China declined by 46.2 percent during September as compared to the same month previous year as ongoing market uncertainty resulting from import duty changes and continued trade tensions held back consumer demand.

China's automobile sales have been falling in recent months, with a slowing economy and trade frictions making consumers cautious about spending, an industry body said last month.

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They also fell nearly five per cent in Europe thanks to reduced demand for diesel cars, though United Kingdom demand slipped less than one per cent.

However, company stressed that it would not mean any job losses at the plant in Solihull, with workers continued to be paid during the shutdown period.

It took the decision after reporting a 46% slide in sales to customers in China, a key market for models made at the plant, where the production line makes Range Rovers and the Land Rover Discovery SUV.

JLR, whose boss has made repeated warnings about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the auto industry, recently moved its Castle Bromwich factory to a three-day week until Christmas to battle what it termed "continuing headwinds".

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