Jaguar Land Rover Confirms New Factory in Nitra, Slovakia

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will build another car factory starting in 2016. No, not in Britain, but in the Slovakian city of Nitra, located in the Western part of the country. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to have an initial production capacity of 150,000 units, the first of which will come in late 2018.
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Nitra's most prevalent industry is making electronics and car parts concentrated at a new business park outside of town. Companies like Reydel Automotive Slovakia and Quadrant Plastic Composites Slovakia make components for several European companies including Fiat, BMW and Renault.

As of 2007, Slovakia has the highest production of cars per capita in the world. Carmaking brings 12% of the local GDP and represents 41% of the industrial production.

What cars are made there? Good question. Volkswagen makes the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and VW Up! in Bratislava. Moreover, Bratislava is also responsible for the VW Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. PSA Peugeot Citroen assembles the C3 Picasso and 208 in Trnava. Lastly, Kia opened the Zilina Plant in 2007 and had been making the Cee'd and Sportage.

The new Jaguar Land Rover factory will complete the company's existing facilities in the UK, China, India and Brazil. The Nitra facility is part of a £1 billion investment and will eventually employ 2,800 people.

"We are glad that Jaguar Land Rover has chosen Slovakia for its new world-class manufacturing facility. This decision shows that, with a stable and solid business environment, Slovakia is an attractive place for investors. And the marriage of Slovak craftsmanship and British engineering holds great promise,"
Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, said.

Demand for Land Rovers and Jaguars has been rising steadily over the past five years. During that time, the company has employed more than 20,000 people taking its workforce to more than 37,000. During this time, the two brands have invested in their UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque Convertible, and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
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