Jaguar production line halts due to Coronavirus crisis

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the UK manufacturing sector as Jaguar Land Rover announce that they have been forced to close. The closure will affect all its plants across the UK, including its Midlands sites - for three weeks and it is unclear when its plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, Coventry and beyond will re-open.

Workers were emailed on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2020 with the news.

In the e-mail, JLR's Executive Director, Grant McPherson wrote the following statement:

"Taking advice from Jaguar Land Rover’s in-house Chief Medical Officer and as well as UK Government advice, we have made the decision to come to a controlled stop for part of Week 13 and then for weeks 14, 15 & 16."

He goes on to say;

"The exact date and time will differ by plant and will be briefed locally by your director - please look out for the communication.

We plan to start up again week 17. We have decided to plan for this date but we know that the situation in the UK is evolving fast. For those employees who we will need to work during this time, we will follow all the necessary guidelines to protect them."

"You, our people make this business. It’s understandable that many of you feel anxious about your health, livelihoods and our future and at this time, I urge everyone to remain calm. It always inspires me when I see our team in manufacturing pull together showing that fighting spirit and belief in our future.

Now, more than ever, I can’t emphasise enough the need to come together as a team, look out for each other and protect our incredible business."

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