Jaguar Land Rover says it will pause production at its British factories for a week in November to mitigate the impact from a possible no-deal Brexit.
Speaking during a recent event at JLR’s engineering and development site in Gaydon, company chief executive Ralf Speth said halting production was a no-brainer, The Guardian reports.
“We cannot think about it, we just have to do it,” he commented. “I need 20 million parts a day and that means I have to make commitments to my suppliers. I have to have every and each part available and I have to have it just in time.”
Production will be paused at the firm’s Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull factories, as well as its engine facility in Wolverhampton. These plants collectively account for almost a third of all British car production and are responsible for building models including the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Evoque, and Jaguar F-Type.
Numerous car manufacturers with production sites in the UK have warned of the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the industry, particularly the ‘just-in-time’ production schedule the industry adheres to.
Speth has previously spoken about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Jaguar Land Rover. Current UK prime minister Boris Johnson later dismissed his concerns, claiming that the JLR boss didn’t necessarily know more about the car industry than him.
Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement regarding its halt in production comes shortly after Toyota said it will pause production at its British factory on November 1 and BMW will do the same at its Oxford plant on October 31 and November 1.