Jaguar Land Rover is to temporarily shut down production at two of its main UK factories over a shortage of computer chips.
The automotive giant will have a “limited period of non-production” at plants in Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands and Halewood in Merseyside starting on Monday.
The Jaguar XE and XF executive cars and the F-Type sportscar are built at Castle Bromwich while Halewood’s factory makes the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
A JLR spokeswoman said: “Like other automotive manufacturers, we are currently experiencing some Covid-19 supply chain disruption, including the global availability of semi-conductors, which is having an impact on our production schedules and our ability to meet global demand for some of our vehicles.
“As a result, we have adjusted production schedules for certain vehicles which means that our Castle Bromwich and Halewood manufacturing plants will be operating a limited period of non-production from Monday April 26. Manufacturing continues at our Solihull plant.
“We are working closely with affected suppliers to resolve the issues and minimise the impact on customer orders wherever possible.”
The news comes after Jaguar Land Rover revealed that its retail sales suffered a reverse of more than 13% during its latest financial year as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to bite.
The company posted a fall in sales of 13.6% for the 12 months to March 2021, while Jaguar slumped to a 30.5% downturn with Land Rover reporting a 7.1% fall year on year.
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Overall, Jaguar Land Rover sold 439,588 cars in the year, 97,669 for Jaguar and 341,919 for Land Rover.
For its fourth quarter, 123,483 vehicles were sold, 12.4% higher than the same quarter last year, with Jaguar posting a 17.1% fall and Land Rover a 22.6% rise.
Jaguar Land Rover is expected to report audited results for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 in the second half of May.