Jaguar Land Rover and Saudi Arabia sign letter of intent

JLR has been doing quite well for the past few months and this is evident from the rising sales and launching of new facilities all…

JLR has been doing quite well for the past few months and this is evident from the rising sales and launching of new facilities all over the world. Taking this to a new level, CEO of the company Dr. Ralf Steph along with Mr. Azzam Yaser Shalabi, the President of the National Industrial Clusters Development Program in Saudi Arabia, have signed a letter of intent which will pave the way for a JLR facility in Saudi Arabia in the near future.

This announcement comes close on the heels of JLR’s joint venture with Chery Automobile Company Ltd in China and the expansion of the company’s assembling facility in Pune, India. The Saudi Arabian government too has expressed its intention to promote the founding of a facility in the region which will help strengthen the industry in the country and will help to create new job openings for people.

Though these discussions are in the nascent stage, JLR has already earmarked opportunities in the region which will help it consolidate its stance in the car industry where use of aluminum is concerned. JLR has incorporated a full aluminum body for its new Range Rover which will help to reduce weight of the vehicle, thereby improving fuel efficiency and stability. If talks are successful, JLR would be able to capture the car industry in Saudi Arabia which is expected to experience an influx in sales of luxury vehicles in the future. For more information, scroll down.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT WITH SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT

· A Letter of Intent signed between Jaguar Land Rover and National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

· Detailed feasibility study now underway to consider Saudi Arabia as a possible future location for a Jaguar Land Rover automotive facility.

· Exploratory discussions for partnership in Saudi Arabia follow Jaguar Land Rover’s recent joint venture announcement with Chery Automobile Company.

RIYADH, December 11th: Mr. Azzam Yaser Shalabi the President of the National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) Saudi Arabia and Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer formally signed a Letter of Intent today paving the way for an automotive partnership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium vehicles and Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) will now begin a detailed feasibility study together, to determine the viability of setting up an automotive facility.

HRH Prince Faisal Bin Turki bin Abdul Azi Al Saud and the Saudi Arabian Government has expressed its intention to initiate, develop and support the automotive industries and see Jaguar Land Rover as a potential partner to help strengthen their industrialisation plans.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are committed to further international partnerships to meet record demand for our highly sought after vehicles. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an attractive potential development option, complementing our existing advanced facilities in Britain and recent manufacturing plans to expand in other countries including India and China.”

Discussions between Jaguar Land Rover and the Saudi Government are at a preliminary stage, although opportunities have already been identified in aluminium component production – an area where Jaguar Land Rover has established a leadership position.

The world’s largest integrated aluminium complex, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Mining Company and Alcoa of the US, is due to begin production in 2014 at the Ras Al Khair facility – creating potential opportunities for the automotive sector.

Jaguar Land Rover has pioneered aluminium body development in the premium car segment, using lightweight metals for its award-winning Jaguar XJ model and the all-new Range Rover, the first luxury sports utility vehicle with an all-aluminium monocoque body structure.

Exploratory discussions about potential investment in Saudi Arabia follows Jaguar Land Rover’s recent joint venture announcement with Chery Automobile Company Ltd to manufacture vehicles at a new plant near Shanghai, China, and the separate expansion of the Jaguar Land Rover assembly at the company’s plant at Pune, India.

Such expansion follows a sharp rise in Jaguar Land Rover sales to emerging markets, contributing to a 32% increase in global retail sales to 324,184 vehicles in the eleven months to November 30, 2012. In the current calendar year, sales in the Middle East and North Africa have increased by more than 9% to 11,418 units.

Pending agreement on development options in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover would expect to announce further plans in 2013. Issues such as level of investment, potential capacity and job creation have not yet been discussed in detail between the parties.

“This is an exciting project that could enable Jaguar Land Rover to establish a Joint Venture partnership in a part of the world where luxury vehicle sales are expected to rise.” added Dr Speth. “If we proceed, it will complement our existing expansion in the UK and elsewhere.”