JLR Halts Production At Castle Bromwich

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cited supply chain issues for the temporary and partial closure of its production line, despite a drop in the sale of models produced there throughout the year. The company has confirmed the closure is due to a ‘supplier issue related to COVID’ that has caused delays.

The Guardian reported on 11 December that production of Jaguar’s XE and XF saloons is said to have stopped during the previous week and was not planned to be restarted for another two weeks. Production lines for the F-Type do continue, however.

Jaguar Land Rover has insisted that the disruption is not a result of reported congestion at England’s ports – an issue that caused Honda to halt production at its Swindon plant last week. The Swindon factory, where the Civic is produced, was due to restart assembly on 14 December.

The congestion at British ports is claimed to be a mixture of an increase in the number of imports for consumers for the Christmas season as companies stockpiling good and supplies to prevent disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands was closed along with most of the UK\’s manufacturing output during the first coronavirus lockdown in March. However, it was one of the last factories to resume production, not starting again until August.

The Jaguar brand has been hit hard throughout 2020 from what was already relatively low sales of its core models, the XE and XF. Between April and September, 46,134 models were registered by the brand – a fall of 40 per cent on the same period in 2019.

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