Welcome boost' to British car production

High demand for the new Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander models has prompted the company's factory in Merseyside to move to 24-hour production.

Car-maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has introduced an extra shift and created another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood as part of its commitment to continue growth.

The move was first announced in March, when Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed it as "further evidence of the strength of the UK automotive sector".

As the plant moved to a three-shift pattern, JLR's human resources director, Des Thurlby, commented: "We are moving Halewood to three shifts and 24-hour operation to meet increased global demand for our products."

He added: "JLR's supply chain is also set to benefit, with thousands more jobs expected to be created. Our commitment to expand the Halewood workforce and increase production is great news for JLR, for Merseyside and for the wider UK economy."

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