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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for Brexit with Slovakia plant

UK automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover officially opened a new factory in western Slovakia at the end of October, its first in continental Europe. 

“Slovakia was a natural choice for us,” Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth was quoted as saying at the opening. He added that the company plans to initially produce 100,000 vehicles per year at the plant, which he described as “one of the most advanced facilities in the world”. 

Construction of the plant began two years ago, shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union (Brexit). Jaguar Land Rover announced in June 2018 that it would move production of the Land Rover Discovery from Solihull, near Birmingham, to its plant in Slovakia. It said the change would come into effect at the start of 2019.

The company subsequently warned that it faced an “unpredictable future” if Brexit negotiations do not result in favourable trade conditions.

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