Feb 18, 2020
Jaguar Land Rover flying parts out of China to avoid UK shutdown
Jaguar Land Rover is flying components in suitcases out of China as it races to prevent its UK plants from closing by the end of the month. Sir Ralf Speth, chief executive of the UK's biggest carmaker, said the company's British plants are "Safe for this week" and the week after, but face difficulties sourcing parts from China in the weeks after, shortages which would "Be a risk for overall production". "We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK just to make sure that we have got the right parts," he added. In early February, Fiat Chrysler warned that one of its European plants would be forced to halt production in a matter of weeks as it struggles to source key parts from Chinese suppliers. "If we miss a critical part then there might be a risk for overall production," Sir Ralf told journalists at an event unveiling the company's autonomous electric car, Project Vector.
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