BRAZIL GOES NUTS FOR JLR; Site in South America 'No Threat to Halewood'
Byline: NEIL HODGSON Business Reporter @NeilHodgson6
LUXURY car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reassured UK workers that a new PS240m car factory in Brazil will not affect its domestic plants including Knowsley's Halewood site.
The company confirmed plans yesterday to build a manufacturing plant in Itatiaia, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, with the first models rolling off its lines by 2016.
Garston and Halewood MP Maria Eagle sought reassurances from JLR that the new production plant will have no impact on the Halewood site.
She said: "There will be some concern about JLR moving some production to Brazil but I have been assured that this will not have an adverse impact on jobs or production at Halewood.
"I have further been assured by JLR representatives that there are, in fact, major plans for expansion in the UK.
"This is good news and I will be working to ensure that the Halewood plant and the local workforce are at the heart of these plans."
She added: "Halewood is widely regarded as being amongst the best car manufacturing plants in the world.
"I am confident that there is a strong and prosperous future ahead and do not expect there to be any problems for Halewood arising out of this development in Brazil."
Roger Maddison, chief car industry negotiator for Unite the Union, also saw no negatives for Halewood in JLR's plans.
online He said: "It's great that JLR are growing across the world - that can only be good news, but we are constantly seeking reassurances that these plans won't have any effect on the UK. Log on to echo.co.news, sport "We don't see this as having any adverse effect.
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The group, which employs more than 4,500 staff at its Halewood plant in Knowsley, announced its latest expansion in a PS240m investment that will create production capacity of around 24,000 vehicles. …