As countries are relaxing distancing guidelines and retailers are reopening around the world, the restart of production at the company’s other plants will be confirmed in due course
Jaguar Range Rover has rolled out its unit out of its Solihull, UK plant as the company resumes operations while complying with social distancing norms. After a temporary pause in production due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company claims to have hygiene and health monitoring measures in place following an extensive review of all production lines, engineering facilities, office areas and communal spaces.
Measures include temperature checks with thermal cameras, a two metre distance between people wherever possible, personal protective equipment where that is not the case, the introduction of one-way systems and enhanced cleaning at the plants. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover is offering every employee a reusable face visor made by the company.
Grant McPherson, Jaguar Land Rover Executive Director - Manufacturing, said the move marks the end of a temporary shutdown and signals the beginning of a return to normality with this being the new normal.
Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Officer, said the measures are based on extensive medical and operational review, including lessons learned from teams in China and Slovakia.
Production of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles has also resumed this week at Nitra (Slovakia) and Graz (Austria). Last week the team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton (UK) began building Ingenium engines again to enable the gradual return to vehicle production. Manufacturing will resume at Halewood (UK) on 8 June, starting with one shift. Small pockets of business-critical activity are taking place at Castle Bromwich as Jaguar Land Rover prepares for new model year introductions.