Jaguar Land Rover in move away from UK
Jaguar Land Rover is to shift all production of its Discovery model to Slovakia from Birmingham in a move likely to affect hundreds of workers.
The company said the switch will take place early next year and that agency workers are most at risk from the decision.
Two years ago the firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, insisted that its Slovakia plant would "complement" its UK operations, with the Discovery built in both locations.
But Jaguar Land Rover said that all production of the Discovery would be done in the Eastern European nation.
"The decision to move the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia and the potential losses of some agency employed staff in the UK is a tough one but forms part of our long-term manufacturing strategy as we transform our business globally," the group added. It comes weeks after profits at Jaguar Land Rover were almost cut in half in the fourth quarter, a combination of falling diesel sales, Brexit uncertainty and taxation.