Join us for this high-level panel debate with Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Executive Director, Mike Wright, Employment Committee and West Midlands MEP, Siôn Simon, and DG Enterprise Industrial Policy Director, Carlo Pettinelli. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
When Tata Motors bought Jaguar Land Rover in 2008, recession raged and JLR was struggling. Retail sales dropped to 200,000 cars per year, the company employed only 16,000 staff and was deeply in the red. It would soon be close to closing one of its three manufacturing plants: but all this was about to change.
Six years on and the outlook for JLR is very different. JLR now employs 30,000 staff, and supports around 200,000 people in the wider supply chain. JLR is building a new engine factory at Wolverhampton in the UK, as well as new factories being constructed in China and Brazil. 2013 saw record sales of 425,000 vehicles, up 19% on 2012.
How has this recovery come about?
Mike Wright, JLR’s
Executive Director, will present the story of JLR’s recovery to
global success at this British Chamber Panel Debate. A high level
panel including Siôn Simon MEP, a member of the European
Parliament's Employment Committee and Carlo Pettinelli,
Director of Industrial Policy at DG Enterprise, will input their
views on what lessons can be learnt and what Europe can do to
create the right conditions for industry to thrive.
The panel debate will be followed by a networking reception kindly hosted by the British Residence.
EU institutional staff wishing to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org