Evoque demand prompts JLR to increase UK supplier spend

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to spend an additional £1bn with UK suppliers over the next four years amid continued global demand for the Range Rover Evoque.

JLR has increased the value of UK supply contracts by £1bn, in addition to the £2bn supply contracts it awarded to more than 40 UK suppliers in March 2011. These suppliers provide components, facilities and services to support the Range Rover Evoque production line at Halewood on Merseyside.

In a statement, JLR also confirmed that a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, will open this summer to support the global sales success of both the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Freelander 2.

JLR’s logistics provider, DHL, will manage this purpose-built automotive logistics site to enhance its existing operations at JLR’s Halewood plant, creating around 300 new jobs.