Blog: Dave LeggettJaguar's Brown's Lane plant

Dave Leggett | 3 November 2003

A report in The Birmingham Post (a British newspaper that is quite highly respected for its automotive industry reporting) late last week must have made grim reading for many people at Jaguar. In spite of Nick Scheele's assurances that no closure is planned for Brown's Lane, the report suggests that someone at a high level ('impeccable source') is leaking to the press that a decision to do just that may already have been taken. More asssurances from Scheele are needed to quash these incorrect rumours - if, indeed, that is what they really are. But if closure is planned, Ford now needs to come clean. That scenario may not be the best for Ford or Jaguar, but it will be better for Jaguar morale than to see the information gradually seeping out to the media. Employees deserve a lot better, even if it imposes costs on Ford's bottom line in the short-term. As has already been commented on in many quarters (including in this Blog) it's hard though to see Jaguar being able to afford the luxury of three assembly plants at its current level of output. And Ford is under a lot of pressure to cut costs in Europe. But there's a right way and a wrong way to go about things.


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