Nitra, October 18 (TASR) – Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will officially launch its new production plant in Nitra Strategic Park on October 25, TASR learnt on Thursday.
The first test cars manufactured as part of the final preparations before the plant is opened were produced back in early September. More than 1,300 people are currently working at the plant, with an additional 150 workers expecting to join them by the end of the year.
The British carmaker wants to produce 150,000 vehicles per year at the plant, with the Land Rover Discovery being the first manufactured car model. “Within two years we’d like to start producing a second model, but we won’t specify what it is for now,” said the company’s operations manager Alexander Wortberg.
Jaguar intends to employ 2,800 workers by 2020. It’s also expected that another 22,000 indirect jobs will be created in Slovakia by subcontracting companies.
The carmaker has invested €1.4 billion in the construction of the plant, while another €129 million has been provided to it by Slovakia in the form of state aid. Early in October, the European Commission approved the level of Slovak investment aid for Jaguar Land Rover, saying that the aid was in accordance with EU rules on state aid. The construction of the Nitra plant began two years ago.