Jaguar Land Rover Plant Makes Its First Cars Under Social Distancing Measures


The first Range Rover made under new social distancing measures drove off the production line at the Solihull plant.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced its rollout from the Solihull facility in the UK on Wednesday, marking the end of its temporary pause in production at the plant due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following an in-depth review of all production lines, engineering facilities, office spaces, and communal areas, JLR gradually returns to manufacturing with social distancing, hygiene, and health monitoring measures in place.

"Seeing the first Range Rover come off our line today is a defining moment for Jaguar Land Rover, for all of us who work for the company and the many businesses in our supply chain," JLR Executive Director, Manufacturing, Grant McPherson said.

This symbolic manufacture signals the end of JLR’s shutdown and the return to normalcy.

"Clearly the health, safety and wellbeing of the JLR family is our primary concern. We have developed the most effective protocol and guidelines so that our people feel reassured about coming back to the workplace," JLR Chief Medical Officer Steve Iley said.

JLR production resumed this week at the Nitra facility in Slovakia and the Graz plant in Austria. Last week, engineers at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhapton, UK began building Ingenium engines again to enable the gradual return to vehicle production. By June 8, the Halewood plant in the UK will resume manufacturing.

"As countries are relaxing distancing guidelines and retailers are reopening around the world, the restart of production at the company's other plants will be confirmed in due course."


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