LONDON, March 20 Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land
Rover said on Thursday it had upgraded the production press line
at one of its British plants to increase capacity in a further
sign that the country's car industry is recovering following the
Britain's car industry has experienced a renaissance in the
last year, as a more flexible workforce and state schemes to
boost investment and research have helped it to recover from the
2008 economic downturn.
Jaguar Land Rover, Britain's largest car manufacturer which
is owned by Indian owned parent company Tata Motors,
said it had completed a 45 million pound ($75 million) high
production press line at its Halewood plant in northern England,
which will help it save time to stamp its steel and aluminium
The 13-metre tall and over 85-metre long press will reduce
the time it takes to change the die casts, moulds made from
metal, from 55 minutes to 5 minutes, potentially adding hours of
production per week.
Land Rover's announcement comes a day after fellow luxury
brand Bentley said it would create 100 positions as it moves
production of all of its parent Volkswagen's
powerful W12 engines to Britain.
($1 = 0.6014 British Pounds)
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Sarah Young)