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Jaguar Land Rover to stop production at Merseyside factory for nine days

Jaguar Land Rover will stop production at its Merseyside factory for nine days.

The car manufacturing giant said the decision is to alter its production schedules - and is not linked to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The JLR plant in Halewood employs around 4,000 people including 500 agency staff, and it will now undergo the "planned non-production period" between March 19 and 27.

A spokeswoman told the ECHO it had informed its workers on January 13.

It's believed the Halewood production pause is linked to the launch of new products such as the Range Rover Evoque, and to "ensure market demand is balanced globally”, the spokeswoman said.

A full statement from JLR said: “As part of its standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to support its launch planning process and to ensure market demand is balanced globally.”

It's understood "ongoing activity" will take place during the period, with "some production and employee training" taking place.

It comes after the plant in January announced hundreds of redundancies at Halewood as part of major changes to shift patterns .

The firm said at the time the move from a 'three-shift' to 'two-shift' pattern will mean around 10% of its workforce is impacted - around 500 people.

The car maker said at the time it will be offering an "enhanced voluntary redundancy programme", with the move to bring "significant operating efficiencies".

Source: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk