The Jaguar XF Sportbrake - one of the models to be assembled by Jaguar's new employees (Photo : Jaguar Land Rover)
In a contrast to ongoing financial news, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced today that it is adding more than 1,100 jobs to its manufacturing facility in the town of Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, England.
"Innovation in design, engineering and technology is at the core of our business and for the UK, this means we will continue to invest in new products, develop new technologies and enhance the skills of our employees," Dr Ralf Speth, JLR's CEO, said in a statement. "The launch of our latest Jaguar models, including the new XF Sportbrake later this year, means it is a very exciting time for Jaguar. These new models will attract new customers to the brand as we look to expand our global reach and further enhance our position in the market."
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Des Thurlby, the company's human resources director, said, "We have embarked on the most ambitious recruitment campaign in the company's history, hiring 8,000 people in the last two years. We provide high quality training and development for all of our employees so this latest announcement for 1,100 jobs is great news for the West Midlands and the UK supply chain."
Company business secretary Vince Cable said, "This is fantastic news for Castle Bromwich that Jaguar Land Rover is creating more than 1,000 jobs to support the production of new models at the plant. This expansion is a clear demonstration of Jaguar Land Rover's continuing commitment and investment in the UK."
Those working in the Castle Bromwich plant owe their jobs in large part to the 2013 model year Jaguar XF and XJ ranges, which will be manufactured there.