Jaguar Land Rover have announced the creation of 250 new jobs at their Halewood plant as part of a £200 million investment for the area.
The investment comes as JLR revealed plans for the new Land Rover Discovery Sport to be built there, in addition to the best-selling Range Rover Evoque which is currently manufactured there.
This will bring the grand total of employees at the Merseyside production facility to 4,750, tripling the amount of workers employed in the past four years and competition to work at the plant is stiff, with 35,000 applications for the last 1,000 roles.
One Millionth Vehicle
Just two weeks ago, the workforce at JLR’s Halewood plant was hailed as ‘a credit to the UK’ and the plant, which was 50 years old last year, also celebrated the construction of their one millionth vehicle last year.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said: “The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the next in a line of exciting new products to come from Jaguar Land Rover. I am delighted that Halewood, and Liverpool, has been selected for this new investment. It is totally deserved, and strengthens the ‘special relationship’ that bonds Jaguar Land Rover to this great city.”
New 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, due to go on sale next year, will be the most versatile and capable vehicle in the compact SUV segment according to the company. It will be the first member of an all-new family of Discovery vehicles, inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept which was spectacularly showcased at the New York International Auto Show.
Richard Else, operations director at JLR’s Halewood factory, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming the new Land Rover Discovery Sport to Halewood. Its arrival has been a further boost to the region and to our committed and loyal workforce who are all passionate ambassadors for this great company.
“In many ways, Halewood has embodied the transformation of Jaguar Land Rover. We have seen our work force treble and production quadruple in just four years. Today we are operating three shifts, 24-hours a day to meet global demand and I am confident that the team will rise to the challenge and deliver a flawless launch of this exciting new model.”
The arrival of the new Discovery at Halewood has doubled investment in the plant since 2010 and in addition to a £45 million state-of-the-art press line, 260 new automated robots, industry-leading laser welding facilitates and a number of state of the art equipment monitoring and reporting systems in order to support an unrelenting focus on quality.
Halewood became home to Jaguar Land Rover’s top selling model, the Range Rover Evoque in 2011. Within two years the plant had produced more than 200,000 vehicles, a record volume for a single vehicle line at any Jaguar Land Rover facility.
Today, the Range Rover Evoque continues to attract new customers to the Land Rover brand and sales in May were up 12 per cent year-on-year with more than 80 per cent of production exported to 170 different global markets.