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Jaguar Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs, mainly in Britain

Reuters 2019-01-10 18:33:08
A Jaguar logo is seen on a car in central London, Britain, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut around 4,500 jobs, mainly in its home market, as it tries to tackle a slowdown in China and a slump in demand for its diesel-powered vehicles.

The firm, which employs about 40,000 people in Britain, also said it will begin producing electric drive units at its Wolverhampton engine plant and will create a new battery assembly centre at Hams Hall near Birmingham as it develops a greener range of cars.

“We are taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth in the face of multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions as well as technology challenges facing the automotive industry,” said Chief Executive Ralf Speth.