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JLR Halewood plant gets 24/7 operation

It’s been announced that Jaguar Land Rover’s 4,500-strong Halewood workforce will now work around the clock to meet strong global demand for the Range Rover Evoque. The 24/7 shift marks a first for the 50-year old plant.

Since its launch in July 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has been in great demand, with nearly 88,000 vehicles sold in more than 170 markets.

In March this year, Jaguar Land Rover announced that Halewood would move to 24-hour production, and launched a recruitment campaign to hire 1,000 new production operators, supervisors and engineers. These new recruits will manufacture both the Range Rover Evoque and updated Land Rover Freelander 2 models across three shifts, including a new night shift, which began at 21.30 three days ago.

Halewood operations director, Richard Else, said: “Our new recruits have worked hard during their assessments and extensive induction training. Many have also worked a number of trial night shifts during July, to ensure we get off to a great start today. I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues as they come on-board to help us meet customer demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander.

“Moving production to three shifts and working 24 hours a day will allow us to significantly reduce the time a customer has to wait for their new Range Rover Evoque.”

Des Thurlby, HR director at Jaguar Land Rover, added: “With 4,500 employees, Halewood has trebled its workforce in just three years – and the size of the workforce is now the highest it has been for 20 years.”

16 August 2012


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