Jaguar Land Rover has started work on its Brazilian facility. The plant which is in Itatiaia, Rio Di Janeiro is spread across 60,000 square metres and will also house Jaguar's Education Business Partnership Centre - a facility for local children to learn skills and work awareness for future employment with JLR in Brazil. JLR says that it has invested R$750 million in this plant and that it is capable of rolling out 24,000 vehicles per year at the moment. Around 400 people will be employed in this new plant.
The Discovery Sport which was showcased recently will be the first car to roll out of this plant by 2016. There will be a certain level of localisation involved in the manufacturing process for the vehicles at this facility. Brazilian vendors will also have a technical centre to assist them.
Ralf Speth, chief executive officer JLR, said, Our new facility in Brazil is an important strand of Jaguar Land Rover's long term sustainability. The start of construction today is a significant milestone and represents another step forward in our plans to create a truly global manufacturing footprint. The confirmation of Jaguar Land Rover's first overseas Education Business Partnership Centre demonstrates our commitment to developing the skills needed by tomorrow's workforce to create a sustainable premium automotive manufacturing industry in Brazil."