Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover is a world-renowned premium 4x4 brand, while Jaguar is one of the world's premier luxury sports saloon and sports car brands.
Under the ownership of Tata Motors Limited since 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has transformed its business to realise the full potential of its brands and deliver profitable results.
Driving the business forward is a world-class team of more than 25,000 people globally. In addition we support more than 190,000 UK jobs through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy. Jaguar Land Rover has recruited nearly 9,000 people since 2011.
All of our cars are engineered and designed in Britain and while we have ambitious plans for global growth, the heart of the business remains in the UK.
We have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in our state of the art production and R&D facilities here in the UK and more than 80 per cent of the cars produced at our three advanced manufacturing plants - in Halewood, Solihull and Castle Bromwich – are exported from the UK to more than 170 markets worldwide.
We are now supplementing these production facilities with capacity outside the UK. Land Rover Freelander and Jaguar XF models are assembled at a factory in Pune, India and a new factory under construction as part of our joint venture with Chery Automobile Ltd near Shanghai will make cars in China for our growing China market.
Today’s car industry is as hi-tech as aerospace and Jaguar Land Rover is at the centre of the UK automotive industry’s drive to deliver technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development with our two state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities in Whitley and Gaydon in the West Midlands.
Jaguar Land Rover is the biggest investor in R&D in the manufacturing sector – ahead of British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce; Britain’s third largest investor in research and development of any kind and also in the top 100 for all companies for global R&D spend.
In the year to March 2014 Jaguar Land Rover will invest £2.75bn in R&D and CAPEX, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions, as we head to our commitment to be a carbon neutral manufacturing company by 2020, and to produce truly sustainable vehicles.
Hybrids, pure electric power and more fuel efficient petrol and diesel engines are all part of the plan. A new family of British-designed fuel-efficient low-emission four cylinder petrol and diesel engines are under development and will be made at our new £500m advanced Engine Manufacturing Centre, which is currently under construction near Wolverhampton.
We are also committed to reducing the weight of our cars. In this area, Jaguar Land Rover is already the global leader. Jaguar and Land Rover now make a number of vehicles using revolutionary all-aluminium bodies, all greatly reducing the car’s weight, and thus improving fuel economy – as well as improving performance, handling and comfort.
The latest Range Rover, for example, is up to 400kg lighter than the outgoing model. Its aluminium body actually weighs less than the steel body of a much smaller BMW 3-series.
Lightweight aluminium architectures are an area in which Jaguar Land Rover will continue to excel and innovate.
Jaguar Land Rover is a major investor in Corporate Social Responsibility. A strong community is a necessary foundation for a successful business. Strengthening the community invariably means strengthening local businesses.
Jaguar Land Rover is the only car maker in the UK to achieve the highly regarded Community Mark and, earlier this year, achieved the ‘Platinum Big Tick’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Corporate Social Responsibility Index 2012.
The company was awarded BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013 in recognition of its significant investment in UK jobs and facilities, improving its environmental performance and increasing the skills and education opportunities for young people and existing employees.
Jaguar Land Rover invests £1.25 million in community relations activities across the UK each year. The company focuses on education, young people, environment and employee volunteering, with high level engagement in communities surrounding its design and manufacturing sites in the Midlands and Merseyside.
Jaguar Land Rover’s 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers' programme works closely with schools across the country to promote learning and engagement with STEM subjects and to help create the next generation of engineers and technologists.
The company has five Education Business Partnership Centres at each of its UK sites and will be opening another EBPC in partnership with Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Local Education Authorities at the Advanced Engine Manufacturing Facility.
Jaguar Land Rover also runs national schools challenges which develop STEM skills and promote engineering careers by providing pupils with hands-on projects that enable them to explore different aspects of the automotive industry in a stimulating and exciting way. More than 200,000 students participated in the hugely popular programme in 2012.
We’re proud of these achievements and look forward to celebrating the CSR accomplishments of other businesses from across the region.
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