Coronavirus puts brakes on Jaguar Land Rover UK plant

Jaguar. Image: Motorpress
Jaguar. Image: Motorpress

Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest manufacturer to temporarily shut down its facility as the coronavirus pandemic grips the world. 

Production at its UK manufacturing facilities will be suspended over next week, and the company says "it intends to resume in the week of 20 April subject to review of the rapidly-changing circumstances". 

The BBC reports that in the UK, 144 people with the virus have died, and 3269 people have tested positive for Covid-19. Friday 20 March marks the last day of school for most children as the government responds to the pandemic. 

JLR plants in Brazil and India still operating

As a responsible business, Jaguar Land Rover is operating in line with advice from the NHS and Public Health England to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, while implementing plans to safeguard its business continuity.

The company says it will work towards an orderly return to production once conditions permit. Currently, Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing plants in Brazil and India continue operating. The company’s joint venture plant in China reopened in the week of February 24, as life begins to get back to normal in the country. 

Although the company’s focus must be on its business and responsibilities to employees, Jaguar Land Rover is doing whatever it can to support its communities through the current situation.

The company’s thoughts are with those directly affected by COVID-19 and with the healthcare professionals, whose role in combating this virus is appreciated by all.

Locally, BMW has shut down its plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria for a month as the German company seeks 'to protect employees and their families and to support society' in its fight against the coronavirus. 

Compiled by Sean Parker 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who should have replaced Sergio Perez at this weekend's British GP?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Sebastian Vettel - At least he'll get a taste of what the 2021 car will be like
26% - 548 votes
Nico Hulkenberg - He's been with the team before
27% - 568 votes
Fernando Alonso - A true racer, and the fastest Spaniard around
33% - 697 votes
Jenson Button - Any team can benefit from a champion driver
13% - 278 votes
Vote