300 jobs to go as Jaguar end X-Type production

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

The firm said it would be seeking voluntary redundancies at its factory in
Halewood, Merseyside which is also to close for three weeks as part of an
extended shutdown starting in September because of “ongoing weaknesses”
in the industry.

David Smith, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover said: “Our industry has
been especially badly hit by the recession and the premium sector more than

“Jaguar Land Rover’s retail sales fell by 28% in the past 10 months. We
have taken unprecedented actions to cut costs including reduced production
volumes, significant cuts to investment plans and some 2,200 job losses.

“Ceasing production of the X-Type early, with further redundancies and
temporary shutdowns at Halewood is necessary to protect our other investment

Mr Smith added that further actions will be determined by the state of the

Halewood currently employs around 2,000 workers and is a major employer on

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