Jaguar Land Rover to spend £1 billion more for UK supplier contracts

Article by Christian A., on May 11, 2012

Jaguar Land Rover will be spending £1 billion more for the supply contracts in the United Kingdom for the next four years in the midst of continued worldwide demand for the Range Rover Evoque. This amount is in addition to the £2 billion supply contracts that the automaker awarded in March 2011 for at least 40 suppliers in the United Kingdom.

These suppliers offer facilities, components and services to assist the production line for Range Rover Evoque at Halewood on Merseyside. Moreover, JLR has confirmed that it will open a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, this summer in order to support the worldwide sales success of the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Range Rover Evoque.

DHL, which is the logistics provider of JLR, will manage the purpose-built automotive logistics site in order to boost its current operations at the automaker's Halewood facility.

This generates about 300 new jobs. Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr Ralf Speth commented that these plans show the automaker's "strong products and clear ambition for continued growth." He added that the worldwide demand for the Range Rover Evoque reveals that the company is able to "significantly increase" what they spend with their suppliers and the "thousands of jobs" that the automaker supports in its supply chain.

He further stated that the North West will "also be enhanced" with the new logistics site, which will support the future success of the Range Rover Evoque and Freelander 2 models. Managing Director Paul Dyer of DHL Supply Chain's automotive services in Ireland and the United Kingdom shared that they are "delighted" to keep their support for the automaker's "ever-growing expansion plans."

He related that as the North West region of the UK is quickly turning into a "major supply chain hub" for the vehicle industry, the new facility will "greatly enhance" the next phase of the automaker's development and will lead to future success.

In February, Land Rover revealed the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept. According to the British manufacturer, this concept seeks to explore the potential for the first premium convertible SUV in the world. Should the concept receive some positive feedback, Land Rover might consider a production version.

Based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept comes a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS].

Moreover, the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept is laden with all the technologies available on the production coupe. These include Terrain Response, Park Assist, surround cameras and best-in-class infotainment system.

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