JLR to keep Castle Bromwich plant closed until August – reports

Jaguar Land Rover is set to keep its Castle Bromwich site closed until August as it battles the downturn across the automotive sector.

Sky News says JLR won’t reopen the plant, which produces Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type Jaguars, until 10 August.

Castle Bromwich employs around 2,000 people and has been earmarked as the site which will produce the all-electric Jaguar XJ.

A statement from JLR said: “Small pockets of business-critical activity are taking place at Castle Bromwich as Jaguar Land Rover prepares for new model year introductions.

“In China, we are beginning to see recovery in vehicle sales and customers are returning to our showrooms.

“Our joint venture plant in China resumed production in the middle of February.

“As countries are relaxing distancing guidelines and retailers are reopening around the world, we will confirm the restart of production at our other plants in due course.

“We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance of all relevant authorities in the markets in which we operate.”