Jaguar Plant, Browns Lane
The Browns Lane Jaguar plant was one of 5 Jaguar production facilities in the UK including ‘Whitley’ down the road in Coventry, ‘Castle Bromwich’ in Birmingham, ‘Halewood’ in Liverpool and ‘Gaydon’ in Warwickshire.
Browns lane is the original home to the Jaguar Vehicle which opened the plant for production in 1951 and continued operating until 2005 when it closed down and most of the car assembly and Jaguar sport car production of the XJ and XK models were re-located to the Castle Bromwich and Halewood factories.
Part of the plant is still currently occupied by a wood veneering section (which also used to carry out veneering for Aston Martin vehicles and Land Rovers).
As a result of this closure approx 1,500 jobs have been laid off and the Midlands loses yet another contributor to its local economic infrastructure which like Rover and Peugeot has been engulfed by competitive globalization in the car market.
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