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Jaguar Land Rover Begins Building Brazil Plant

Jaguar Land Rover Begins Building Brazil Plant

Dec. 2, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has started building a plant near Rio de Janeiro, its first fully owned factory outside the United Kingdom.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — British auto firm Jaguar Land Rover said Tuesday it has started building its first fully owned factory outside the United Kingdom in the Brazilian town of Itatiaia, near Rio de Janeiro.

A state-of-the-art 750 million reais ($290 million) complex will also house an education and business center, the British firm said in a statement.

The plant will employ 400 workers for production capacity of 24,000 vehicles as Jaguar becomes the first British auto company to invest in a manufacturing plant in Brazil.

"Our new facility in Brazil is an important strand of Jaguar Land Rover's long-term sustainability," said CEO Ralf Speth after the foundation stone was laid. "The start of construction is a significant milestone and represents another step forward in our plans to create a truly global manufacturing footprint."

The company, whose Range Rover models are already popular in Brazil, identified as a major market by the premium brand constructor, says it is already recruiting personnel in conjunction with municipal authorities.

The company has had a sales presence in Brazil for more than 20 years and by the middle of next year hopes to have 42 dealerships in the giant South American country.

The company's move into Brazil follows the recent establishment of a joint venture in China as it extends its global reach.

Jaguar also has an assembly plant in Pune, India, while in October it unveiled its first overseas manufacturing unit in partnership with China's Chery Automobile Company Ltd. at Changshu north of Shanghai.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2014

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