Press Report : Jaguar Land Rover secures short-term financial future

Birmingham Post, 11th August, 2009

Jaguar Land Rover at Halewood

Jaguar Land Rover’s owners Tata have secured private sector funding for the company’s short-term financial needs and UK Government support for the manufacturer is not now needed, the Government said today. Tata Motors of India bought JLR from Ford last year and first approached the Government for funding last September.

The Jaguar XF, XJ and XK models are manufactured at JLR’s Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, while the Jaguar X-TYPE is currently produced alongside the Land Rover Freelander 2 at the Halewood plant in Liverpool until the end of 2009. Land Rover’s Defender, Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models are all built at the Solihull plant.

JLR employs nearly 15,000 people, most of whom work in the UK, including around 3,500 engineers at two product development centres at Whitley in Coventry and Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The Government had offered bridging finance from the Automotive Assistance Programme if necessary. We understand the Tata Group will now be successful in resolving longer-term financial needs but we are willing to help again if necessary. This is a good and encouraging outcome for JLR, its workforce and its supply chain.” Lord Mandelson, Business Secretary

Lord Mandelson said today: “The fact that the banks and commercial capital markets are meeting JLR’s funding is a clear sign of confidence in the company, its products and the automotive sector. This additional funding will allow JLR to invest in future models and successfully launch the new XJ saloon on schedule and updated Land Rover models later this year.”

He went on: “The Government had offered bridging finance from the Automotive Assistance Programme if necessary. We understand the Tata Group will now be successful in resolving longer-term financial needs but we are willing to help again if necessary. This is a good and encouraging outcome for JLR, its workforce and its supply chain.”

News of the JLR finance deal came a short time before the Serious Fraud Office announced it would not be starting a criminal investigation into the collapse of car maker MG Rover.

[Source: Birmingham Post]

Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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