JLR Looking to Assemble Cars in Saudi Arabia
According to Autocar India, the reason is that a large aluminum smelting facility has been built in Saudi Arabia by Alcoa and Ma’aden as a joint venture between the two companies. Aluminum plays a crucial role for both Jaguar and Land Rover, both of whom have integrated this lightweight metal into their chassis-building process. The new Range Rover is reportedly lighter by as much as 420 km (920 lbs), thanks mainly to this metal, and Jaguar’s latest sportscar is also made from aluminum.
“This smelter could make the production of aluminum in Saudi Arabia very competitive. So, taking a really long-term view, if we put an assembly plant there with a large press shop, given our commitment to aluminum in our products, we could have an interesting business case which we are examining today,” said Tata Motors’ chairman Ratan Tata.