Jaguar Land Rover is to open a new logistics facility at Ellesmere Port to support production of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2.
DHL will manage the purpose-built automotive logistics site to enhance its existing operations at JLR’s Halewood plant, creating around 300 new jobs. The new site at Ellesmere Port uses an existing 37,000 sq m purpose-built automotive logistics facility.
JLR also plans to spend an additional £1 billion with UK suppliers over the next four years amid continued global demand for the Range Rover Evoque.
The company has increased the value of UK supply contracts by £1 billion, in addition to the £2 billion supply contracts it awarded to more than 40 UK suppliers in March 2011. These suppliers provide components, facilities and services to support the Range Rover Evoque production line at Halewood on Merseyside.
Range Rover Evoque
JLR chief Dr Ralf Speth said: “The demand we have seen across the globe for the Range Rover Evoque means we are able to significantly increase what we spend with our suppliers, which is great news for the UK economy, and the thousands of jobs JLR supports in its supply chain.”
And Paul Dyer, managing director of DHL Supply Chain’s automotive services in the UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for JLR’s ever-growing expansion plans. As the UK’s North West region is fast becoming a major supply chain hub for the automotive industry, this new facility will greatly enhance the next stage of the company’s development and future success.”