UK automotive manufacturing has already received a boost in 2015, as Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new UK jobs as part of its investment in lightweight technologies.The focus of this investment will be the continued development of the manufacturer’s expertise in aluminium vehicle construction at its Solihull plant. The announcement followed confirmation from the company that a new Jaguar model, the F-PACE performance crossover set to hit the market in 2016, will be produced at Solihull’s new facilities.The 1,300 new positions are in addition to the 1,700 jobs that were created in 2013 as part of its £1.5 billion investment for the introduction of the Jaguar XE.Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth said, “Today’s announcements once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-led economy.“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering more great products. It is that innovation and relentless quest for new technologies that sets our products apart. We want to offer customers greater choice, with even more exciting vehicles, crafted with that special British flair. We want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating opportunities for more people to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover experience.”This announcement follows a landmark year of investment for Jaguar Land Rover in 2014, with the opening of its £500 million engine plant in Wolverhampton, £3.5 billion of contracts awarded to UK suppliers and a £200 million investment into its Halewood plant ahead of production of the new Land Rover Discovery range. The company’s workforce has almost doubled over the past few years, as Jaguar Land Rover now employs 30,500 people, 95% of its total staff, in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrison escapee to now spend ‘life’ inside, found guilty of attempted murderJuly 5, 2018In “Court”Retrial for prison escapee accused of attempted murder gets underwayJune 20, 2018In “Court”Multiple hung juries cause man to walk freeJune 10, 2018In “Crime” As prison escapee Stafrei Alexander turned up at the High Court on Thursday for his sentencing — after a jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of Curtis Thom last month — presiding judge Justice Brassington Reynolds announced that the accused would have to undergo another trial.Murder suspect: Stafrei Hopkinson AlexanderPrior to deliberations on October 30, it was discovered that one of the jurors was below the age of 18. That juror was duly discharged, and the remaining 11 deliberated and found Alexander guilty by a 9-2 proportion for the March 23, 2015, attempted murder of Curtis Thom.However, Justice Reynolds conceded on Thursday that he had “erroneously” formed the opinion that a verdict of such proportion could be accepted by the court.His new contention was guided by his review of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, Chapter 10:01, Laws of Guyana. It was observed that a 10-1 verdict would have been acceptable.After the revelations, Alexander’s attorney Stanley Moore, SC, stated that the jury should be discharged, and Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken concurred, further observing that the State shares the opinion that the verdict was improper and/or invalid. Justice Reynolds thereafter discharged the 11 remaining jury members, and ruled that Alexander’s case ended in a hung jury, as the court could not properly receive a 9-2 verdict.Stafrei Alexander is an inmate who had fled lawful custody multiple times, and he was accused of the attempted murder of fellow Laing Avenue, Georgetown resident Curtis Thom by way of discharging a loaded firearm I his direction. Thom was shot hours after his daughter’s christening. The court had heard that based on his beliefs, Thom proceeded to walk into his home backwards after the christening, when Alexander mumbled remarks and pointed a gun at him. Thom was shot twice, and was hospitalised for seven weeks, during which he obtained surgery to correct his injuries.Based on the account of an expert witness, a .38 revolver was the firearm of choice on the night in question, but the prosecution disclosed that the weapon used was not found.Alexander, who is also known as Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander was apprehended in late July after a special operation in Berbice. This came weeks after he had fled the Camp Street Penitentiary during an inferno around the same time when several prisoners, including death row inmate and Bartica mass killer Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and now dead former Policeman and prisoner Uree Varswyck had fled. Prison officer Odinga Wickham was killed during that ordeal, which flattened the century-old sections of the jail.At the time of his arrest, Alexander was said to have been receiving medical attention for an existing wound. Alexander had previously fled lawful custody for six months before finally being recaptured at Kurupukari Crossing in the Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) in May 2016.