Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the willingness not to renew the contracts of 1000 agency workers at its plant in Solihull due to the challenges of the industry caused by the fall in sales of diesel cars.
The company is holding meetings today with the staff to discuss the changes that, as it came thanks to “continue with the wind face” that have been forced to make “adjustments in production schedules and the number of staff of the agency.”
In a statement issued Friday, before the number of staff losses was confirmed, said: “We are, however, continuing to recruit a large number of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices, because we are more reflective of the investment in new products and technologies.
“We also remain committed to our uk plants, in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010, adapted to the future technologies of manufacturing to offer new models.”
JLR, great Britain, the largest manufacturer of automobiles, employing about 40,000 people in the uk, of which a fourth part of the work in Solihull.
About 360 workers at the Castle Bromwich plant also moved Solihull.
This change is happening because the output in Castle Bromwich, which builds models of Jaguar, has dropped the demand for new cars has fallen.
Long-standing of the effects of the continued emissions of diesel scandal, including the collection of the taxes of diesel cars, has reduced the demand for diesel cars, which currently represent only 33.5% of new cars on the market – a decrease of 10.5% compared to last year. Diesel demand fell by 37.2% in the last month.
Jaguar XE and XF are understood to have been the most affected in large measure by this, despite the fact that almost all the models have been affected due to the diesel engines account for about 90% of JLR sales.
This year has been one of the main contrast to JLR. After a record-2017, in which the company sold 621,109 cars, the Jaguar of the demand is from 26% in the year-to-date and Land Rover – the largest group of the mark, has lost one-fifth of the demand in the united kingdom.
Professor David Bailey, from Aston University, an expert in the car industry, said the recent sales results have reached JLR particularly hard, while stressing the brand’s ongoing international success.
“It is important to recognize that, at the global level, the firm is still doing very well: it is still a strong investment in the new technology, and is still hiring engineers, apprentices and graduates,” he said. “But there is no doubt that the impact of the government’s diesel tax has had, sowing confusion among the drivers who are holding off on the replacement of the diesel engines.”
JLR said in January that it would cut the numbers of the production at its plant in Halewood, due to the decrease in the sale of new motor vehicles, which a spokesman for the company linked to “the concern about the future of petrol and diesel engines” and “general global economic and political uncertainty”.
JLR’s response to the changing demand of the market is already underway, with its first purpose-built electric vehicle, the Jaguar R-Rate, due on the roads this summer. The company has committed to produce an electrified variant of every model in its range by 2020 as “work towards a cleaner future”.
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