Coronavirus: JLR Midlands plant to stay shut until August

One of Jaguar Land Rover’s key British plants will remain closed until at least mid-August as the industry grapples with sluggish demand amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Sky News understands that JLR, Britain’s biggest carmaker, has informed suppliers that its Castle Bromwich site in the Midlands will not resume production until 10 August at the earliest.

The extended shutdown at the plant, which produces Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type Jaguars, reflects torrid conditions across the sector, with Bentley Motors becoming the latest manufacturer to confirm permanent job losses on Friday.

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