Tata: Jaguar Land Rover Plant Closures Very Likely

After the Indian manufacturer Tata Motors last week announced that it might have to cut more jobs at Jaguar and Land Rover, the chairman of the company is back with even more bad news: plant closures might become mandatory in the close future since the company cannot deal with the economic chaos without cost-cutting measures.

Ravi Kant, chairman of Tata Motors, told The Times newspaper that “there may be requirements in the future to shut plants,” but hasn't provided specific details on the facilities to be halted or a time for this to happen.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown revealed he discussed with Tata Motors on the possibility to provide government support that would basically mean keeping the British facilities untouched.

“I talked to Mr Tata a few days ago. I assured him of our willingness to help Jaguar and Land Rover make the investments that they want to make. We have been in correspondence with them on proposals we have made to the company, and their response to these proposals,"
he said according to “And we are determined to work with Jaguar to make sure we have a strong and dynamic and high technology car industry in this country. So, talks will continue with Jaguar.”

Jaguar and Land Rover until now survived without plant closures but Tata Motors has already reduced workforce by around 2,000 employees. And more job cuts are to come as Vice Chairman Ravi Kant told a news conference. "There has already been 2,000 job losses. We may be looking at more job losses, more plant shutdowns," he was quoted as saying last week.
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