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BMW will shut the Oxford Mini factory and Goodwood Rolls-Royce factory temporarily after 29 March 2019 amid the uncertainty around Brexit. 

The Mini plant, which is BMW’s biggest in the UK and employs around 4000 people, will shut for several weeks as the risk of a no-deal Brexit rises. Rolls-Royce’s plant will close for two weeks from the same day, in addition to a planned one-week shutdown in July. 

The Mini plant usually closes for a period of time over the summer for maintenance, but this will be moved to April as part of BMW’s Brexit plans. It is understood that this latest development is to mitigate the potential logistical impact of Brexit. 

Rolls-Royce released the following statement: “While we believe that a hard and possibly disruptive Brexit is unlikely, as a responsible company we need to plan for the most challenging potential outcome. Our decisions have to be made in the best interest of our business, our workforce and our customers at the appropriate time, based on the best information available.”

“The shutdown is scheduled to allow essential maintenance and rebalancing to take place during the first full production year for Cullinan. The timing has also been planned to coincide with the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March 2019, as a mitigation measure for any resulting supply chain interruptions.”

BMW UK boss Ian Robertson previously had to soften a statement made by the group’s customs manager Stephan Freismuth, who said: “We always said that we can do our best and prepare everything, but if at the end of the day the supply chain will have a stop at the border, we can’t produce our products in the UK.”

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Robertson clarified that the brand would not pull out of the UK amid a no-deal Brexit, saying: “We are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here.”

The Oxford plant supplies Minis to more than 110 countries around the world, although BMW Group boss Harald Krüger has previously pointed out that the brand also produces Minis at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. A no-deal Brexit could prompt the company to move some production to the Dutch plant.

Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth recently warned that Brexit could jeopardise thousands of jobs across its UK production facilities, when combined with the effects of the public’s backlash against diesel-powered cars.

BMW released the following statement: “Planned annual maintenance periods at BMW Group production sites allow essential updating and equipment replacement to be completed over several weeks, while there is no production taking place.”

“As a responsible organisation, we have scheduled next year’s annual maintenance period at MINI Plant Oxford to start on 1 April, when the UK exits the EU, to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. While we believe this worst case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it. We remain committed to our operations in Britain, which is the only country in the world where we manufacture for all three of our automotive brands.”

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They’re going to go into a spin over this one!

typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion

Symanski

Brexit morons.

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

 

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

 

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

 

Luap

Symanski wrote:

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

 

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

 

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

 

 

Christ.. Wake up you ignoramus.

 

Thats rather like saying “Those that voted to remain don’t care about protecting our borders, and don’t care about who actually runs our country, and don’t care about having laws inflicted on us by organisations we didn’t even vote for”

 

Thats fair enough, right?

 

As for Jaguar Land Rover.. What the heck do you expect them to say after they’ve been propped up by the government for so long?

Symanski

Nonsense.

Thats rather like saying “Those that voted to remain don’t care about protecting our borders, and don’t care about who actually runs our country, and don’t care about having laws inflicted on us by organisations we didn’t even vote for”

90% of UK laws come from the UK, with only 10% from Europe ensuring that we have a harmonised legal system so that what’s illegal in the UK is also illegal in Italy etc.   Of the 10% of EU laws, the UK actively supports 90% of those too.   So that 10% that’s left is only passively supported and not objected to.   Anything the UK actually objected to it could opt not to implement; we had that right.

 

First myth debunked.

 

The EU Commission is elected by member states and their MEPs.   In other words the people you have voted to represent you are the ones who are representing you in the election of the commisioner.   So the EU is actualy democratically elected.

 

Second myth debunked.

 

jonboy4969

Symanski wrote:

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

 

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

 

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

 

What rubbish, JLR were ALWAYS going to expand into other markets, and the investment into Slovakia is to allow for a massive investment at Solihull and Halewood, to allow for extra product to be built there.Before you spout rubbish, how about checking your facts first.

 

Symanski

Only partly right.

What rubbish, JLR were ALWAYS going to expand into other markets, and the investment into Slovakia is to allow for a massive investment at Solihull and Halewood, to allow for extra product to be built there.

 

Partly right, but JLR changed their plans to have more focus on the Slovakian plants.   They’re getting more work now and less of that work, which was planned for Britain, is going to be in Britain.

 

Nice Velar you posted though.

Citytiger

Symanski wrote:

What rubbish, JLR were ALWAYS going to expand into other markets, and the investment into Slovakia is to allow for a massive investment at Solihull and Halewood, to allow for extra product to be built there.

 

Partly right, but JLR changed their plans to have more focus on the Slovakian plants.   They’re getting more work now and less of that work, which was planned for Britain, is going to be in Britain.

 

Nice Velar you posted though.

JLRs problem is they didnt expect the VW group to almost single handedly destroy the market for its best selling engines, they expected the XE and the XF to selling far better than they are, and they thought ingenium was a world class engine. 

They didnt have a plan B, sales have flatlined, the money they invested hasnt been recouped, hence the reason of investment in countries like Slovakia, were its cheap, hence the continues reliance on the antiquated Ford platform from the Freelander 2, for a further generation of vehicles. 

They have a confusing portfolio of SUV’s, some competeing against themselves for sales, and a poor range of saloon/sports cars that nobody wants to buy, they need a complete reboot and a culling of management and designers.  

They dont even know how to replace the vehicle that half the company are named after for christ sake, and when they do replace it, they will enevitably get it entirely wrong. What part of “LandRover” are they failing to comprehend, its not a fashion accessory, its a utilitarian workhorse and needs to remain one.

JLR are not being failed by Brexit, Tata are being failed by JLR, and some of the major shareholders have had enough. 

scotty5

Headline news

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

Join the queue for excuses.

JLR invested in Sloakia plant BEFORE Brexit vote was taken.  This has already been pointed out to you b4 when you last mentioned it but…  head in the sand because the truth doesn’t fit your rhetoric.

Back to the story.  As for this shutdown – it’ll cost the company millions and supply chains will suffer blah blah..     All BMW are doing is bringing forward the factory shutdown from summer.

I wish someone would explain to me what’s changed. No decision been made on Brexit, no terms, nobody knows anything yet we’re led to believe it’s a disaster. 

It’s yet another story based on headline news without reading the content. Wake me up when something of significance happens.

Symanski

scotty5 wrote:

JLR invested in Sloakia plant BEFORE Brexit vote was taken.  This has already been pointed out to you b4 when you last mentioned it but…  head in the sand because the truth doesn’t fit your rhetoric.

 

That’s true, but now they’ve also changed how that investment is being directed.   That some work which was previously planned for the British plants is now being shifted to Slovakia.

 

Sadly, in the long run, this is costing British jobs.

 

As for BMW, yes, they’re going to do maintenance in their plant.   I’ve known other car plants to stop work and do maintenance too when sales were slow or other supply problems.   They have all their employees and have to keep them busy somehow.   But this is not what they want to be doing at that time of year.

The Colonel

No pride in ignorance, please…

I wish someone would explain to me what’s changed. No decision been made on Brexit, no terms, nobody knows anything yet we’re led to believe it’s a disaster. 

It’s yet another story based on headline news without reading the content. Wake me up when something of significance happens.

Do you really want it explained to you?  I mean, really, or would it just be a waste of time? 

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