Jaguar Land Rover ‘out of parts in two weeks’ as coronavirus hits production

Coventry, England: Jaguar Land Rover only has enough parts from China to maintain its British production for another two weeks due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the firm's boss said on Tuesday.

Jaguar Land Rover’s assembly plant in Castle Bromwich is one of three UK sites that may soon run out of parts from China.Credit:Bloomberg

Britain's biggest carmaker, which operates three car factories in its home market, joined major global companies such as Apple in warning of the impact of the virus on supply chains.

"We are safe for this week and we are safe for next week and in the third week we have parts missing," said te company's chief executive Ralf Speth.

"We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK."

He said the firm's Chinese factory would open next week and was "safe for the very first week."

Sales were not currently happening in China and it was unclear when they would return, he added.

The boss of Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover's parent company, speaking at the same event, said the company does not have sufficient visibility regarding parts suppliers from China.

"We are safe for the month of February and for a good part of March," said Guenter Butschek.

"Are we fully covered at this point of time for the full month of March? Unfortunately not."


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