United Kingdom’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning a two-week closure of its Solihull plant at the end of this month as demands fall.
The company put blame on worldwide lesser demand of its cars especially in China resulting in lesser diesel sales in the past few months.
The company, however, said that the workers working at the West Midlands plant would get their salaries for the shutdown period and no one of them would lose his job.
The Unite union called this shutdown deeply troubling and said that happened because of government policies.
According to Unite national officer Des Quinn, “Government ministers’ trashing of diesel, despite the UK making some of the cleanest engines in the world, combined with their shambolic handling of Brexit is damaging the UK car industry and the supply chain.”
“Add into the mix the government’s half-hearted support for the transition to electric and alternatively powered cars and you have a triple whammy facing the UK’s car workers.”
The parent company Tata Motors released a statement on Monday in which it mentioned that the total sales at the firm fell 12.3% in September to 57,114 vehicles.
China was the biggest market of the company where now the company is facing a 46% slide in sales because of other emerging car companies.
“As part of the company’s continued strategy for profitable growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required,” the firm said in a statement.
We have taken this decision to shut down at Solihull is one example of the actions we are taking to achieve this.
At this plant, the firm makes Range Rover and Jaguar models. This plant will close from 22 October.
The car industry in the UK is facing a tough time in recent months after diesel sales fall.
The number of new cars registered in the UK dived by 20.5% in September, according to industry figures, following an unusually strong August and a turbulent first eight months of the year.
Manufacturers are also talking about the potential risks of Brexit. They fear that an end to frictionless trade would disrupt their “just-in-time” supply chains, hurting production.