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Jaguar Land Rover to build vehicles in Austria

Luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build their vehicles in the Austrian city of Graz.

The expansion reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing ambition to bring production closer to key markets, following record sales in its last financial year. They have however insisted the UK remains the “centre” of its operations.

There are three major factories in the UK – Solihull, Halewood and Castle Bromwich – which have been confirmed as operating close to capacity. Last year Jaguar Land Rover opened its first overseas manufacturing plant in China and is currently building a factory in Brazil.

Despite JLR’s overseas expansion signalling a move away from its UK manufacturing base, Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth confirms: “The UK remains at the centre of our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Partnerships such as this will complement our UK operations and engineering”.

JLR now employs more than 35,000 people globally and has invested more than £10 billion in new research & development centres and product creation. The brand has doubled customer deliveries in just five years and looks set to grow further.

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