JLR Forced to Stop Production Lacking Semi-Conductors

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is being forced to shut two of its main vehicle production plants owing to the global drought of semi-conductors.

While the shortage has hit all major automakers building modern vehicles heavily reliant on on-board computing capacity, the British automaker appears to be most acutely affected. The BBC reports that JLR has said there would be a “limited period” of closure at its Halewood and Castle Bromwich sites from Monday next week. The former builds the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type models while the latter makes the Range Rover, Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Tata Motors-owned company in a statement said: “We have adjusted production schedules for certain vehicles which means that our Castle Bromwich and Halewood manufacturing plants will be operating a limited period of non-production from Monday 26th April. We are working closely with affected suppliers to resolve the issues and minimize the impact on customer orders wherever possible.” Production at a third factory, at Solihull, will continue.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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