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Old 03-23-2006, 06:46   #1 (permalink)
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Jaguar to leave Browns Lane

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Jaguar is selling off its famous Browns Lane factory in Coventry, bringing to an end a 40-year association with the site.

The firm is selling Browns Lane to Delamar, which makes supplies for the construction industry, and creating a new science and business park at Whitley. The Browns Lane work - mainly wood veneering - will be switched to the new base, from where it will supply not only Jaguar but also Aston Martin and Land Rover. Delamar is expected to create 2000 jobs as it moves into the Browns Lane site.

Jaguar and Land Rover CEO Geoff Polites said, 'This is a win-win situation. It's a win for Coventry because Browns Lane will remain a key manufacturing location and will create many new jobs for the area.

'It's a win for Whitley because hundreds of skilled new jobs will come to the science and business park, not only for Jaguar but for other potential employers as well. And it's a win for Jaguar because it takes us another important step forward in our business recovery.'
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Jaguar sells Browns Lane site

Company HQ, museum to move to Whitley

Dale Jewett | Automotive News

Jaguar Cars Ltd. has sold its historic Browns Lane site to a firm that makes prefabricated buildings.

Jaguar will move its headquarters, veneer manufacturing and car museum to a new business center next to its Whitley engineering center in the British midlands.

Jaguar would not say how much it received for the sale of the 117-acre site. It said that construction supplier Delamar would spend about $346.8 million to build a plant at the site and could employ as many as 2,000 workers within a year.

Jaguar has operated a plant at Browns Lane since 1951. But production of the XJ sedan and XK coupe there ended in 2005. Those vehicles are now built at Jaguar's plant in Castle Bromwich.

About 500 people work at Browns Lane, most of them in a plant that makes wood and metal trim for Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin vehicles.

That operation, along with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust museum and Jaguar headquarters, will move to Whitley. The veneer operations and museum will stay at Browns Lane for up to 18 months until new facilities in Whitley are built, a Jaguar spokesman said.

Jaguar has had an engineering and r&d center in Whitley since 1985. The automaker is now developing 70 acres around that center into a business park, at a cost of about $277.7 million.

The business park will house the museum, veneer-making operations and a new customer call center.

The center will handle calls for Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford customers in the United Kingdom. Ford Motor Co. is contracting with Percepta, Wunderman and MSX International to run the call center.
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