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Jaguar Land Rover: Still coming to Slovakia, despite Brexit

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will still come to Slovakia despite Brexit, Alexander Wortberg, the company’s executive director for the investment in Nitra, said on July 26.

The site near Nitra where the new strategic park will stand.(Source: SME)

Jaguar is keeping to its schedule so far, and it would like to launch construction of a plant near Nitra by the end of the summer, as soon as it acquires a construction permit.

“I can say that we took [a possible] Brexit into consideration when we were considering the investment in Slovakia,” Wortberg said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “We have not halted anything due to Brexit and we don’t plan to do so, either. Work with Slovak partners is going very well,” he added.

Nevertheless, the result of the June referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union was a big surprise, he noted.

Suppliers of components for the Jaguar plant in Slovakia also considered a potential Brexit. “It hasn’t changed much for them, as they mostly develop global activities,” Wortberg noted. “Defence mechanisms against risks are always created. The investment in Nitra was planned in euros, and it’s being charged in euros as well,” he said, when asked whether the announced total cost of the investment for the firm will change because the value of the British pound has fallen since the referendum result.

International construction company Strabag is also involved in preparations at Nitra industrial park, where Jaguar’s automotive plant will form the core. “At the moment, I cannot confirm whether Strabag will also build the factory because the tender for this is still under way,” said Wortberg. He also added around 2,800 people should find a job directly at the Nitra plant. “Approximately 40,000 people have already shown interest in working for Jaguar via the company’s website,” he said. Hiring will start next year, while the first cars should leave the company’s production lines in 2018. Annual output in the first stage should amount to 150,000 vehicles.

In line with a government decision from January 13, 2016, Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Nitra enjoys the status of a significant investment. “A business plan with investment costs of a total nominal value of €1.406 billion will be implemented in the area of Strategic Park Nitra on the territory of the villages of Drážovce and Lužianky [Nitra region],” the Economy Ministry stated in a report, cited by TASR. “A total of 2,834 jobs will be created in direct connection with the business plan.”

State assistance worth a maximum of €130 million in the form of a subsidy for long-term tangible and intangible assets was approved for the Jaguar investment on December 11, 2015.

Wortberg did not specify what model they will make in Slovakia. He only said, as quoted by the Sme daily, that they are going to produce here several models of one product line. 

Topic: European Union


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