Jaguar Land Rover plans to hire over 500 people for R&D by March 2013
JLR currently operates three major production facilities – Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood, employing a total of around 14,000 people as on September 30 last year, and two advanced design and engineering units, employing around 10,500 people, including the staff at its corporate headquarters at Whitley, the UK.
Last week, JLR had said it is expecting to invest around 2.75 billion pounds (over Rs 23,300 crore) in 2013-14 fiscal on development of new products, expand Chinese business and explore production bases in new markets, among others. It is looking to invest around 2 billion pounds in 2012-13.
Talking about its assembly operations at Pune, the firm said: "Freelander and XF vehicles have been assembled in a facility in India, operated by Tata Motors, since April 2011 and January 2013, respectively, with the possibility of expanding production to other models in the future."
The company, however, did not share other details such as which could be the next model and when is the assembly of that vehicle likely to start.
"JLR aims to establish new manufacturing facilities, assembly points and suppliers in selected markets. For example, JLR has established a manufacturing and assembly joint venture in China with Chery Automobile Company Ltd. JLR is also exploring assembly operations in selected other markets," it said without sharing details.
In a separate Tata Motors filing to the BSE, JLR said it has completed the
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