Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, becoming the first UK automotive company to open a plant in the country.
Marking the latest step in the company’s global expansion
strategy, after opening facilities in China and Brazil, the new 300,000m2 plant
will be capable of building more than 150,000 vehicles per year.
The plant will also incorporate a number of cutting-edge
technologies including Europe’s first Kuka Pulse carrier system, which improves
transfer times by more than 30% over conventional conveyance systems.
The Nitra site has also been future-proofed to allow Jaguar
Land Rover to improve process efficiency, delivery and quality through using
smart, connected manufacturing technologies, such as shop floor visualisation.
At the opening ceremony, Professor Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar
Land Rover CEO, said the Slovakia facility marks the latest milestone in the
company’s globalisation programme.
“Our plant in Nitra will strengthen our manufacturing
operations and complement existing facilities in the UK, China, Brazil, India
and Austria,” he adds.
“I am delighted to officially welcome our Slovak team to the
Jaguar Land Rover global family.”
Employing more than 1,500 people, our Slovak colleagues are
supported by a network of suppliers who operate in close proximity to help make
the Land Rover Discovery’s production as efficient as possible.
Alex Worstberg, Nitra's Chief Executive, said: “We’re starting with one model and one shift. We will start hiring for the second shift in November, that will be operational in the second half of next year. Annual capacity of 100,000 cars will be reached in 2020.”