UK-based automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has broken ground on its new £1bn manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
The 300,000sq m facility will manufacture a range of new aluminium Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.
The factory will have an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles, with the first cars expected to come off the production line in late 2018. Once fully operational, the factory will employ 2,800 people.
The facility will incorporate a range of environmental measures, such as water saving devices, a highly automated paint shop process and heat recovery systems, to ensure sustainable and efficient operations.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said: “The start of construction in Slovakia today represents the beginning of a new phase in our plan to create a truly global business. The factory will strengthen our international manufacturing capabilities as well as complement our existing facilities in the UK, China, India and Brazil.”