Graeme Brown, Birmingham Post, 6th May, 2010
Land Rover is creating 275 new jobs at its plant in Solihull following a surge in demand which saw the firm record the highest ever sales figures in its 62-year history in March.
The announcement of the extra agency positions confirms the turnaround for Land Rover over the past year, with the automotive company registering seven consecutive months of improved sales.
It will also strengthen the case to keep both Jaguar Land Rover West Midland production sites open, adding to speculation last month that the carmaker’s owners were planning to backtrack on proposals to close either the Castle Bromwich or Lode Lane plant.
Phil Popham, Land Rover Managing Director said: ‘These additional positions are excellent news for the manufacturing industry in the Midlands. It comes as a result of a phenomenal response received from customers and the media to the award winning 2010 model year range, giving Land Rover an incredible start to the year.”
More than 5,000 people work at the Solihull plant. The extra 275 agency positions will start immediately to boost the build rate in light of the increased demand for the new vehicle 2010 model year range.
In March 2010, Land Rover sales in the UK were up 67 per cent on the same month last year, selling over 11,300 vehicles.
As well as the Defender model, the Solihull plant builds the company’s Discovery 4, which saw sales increase by 58%, together with the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models, which were up by 70% and 36% respectively compared to the same period last year.
[Source: Birmingham Post]
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