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Jaguar Land Rover to lay off staff temporarily at UK plant

Jaguar Land Rover to lay off staff temporarily at UK plant
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince William, drives a Land Rover Discovery as he takes part in an off-road driving experience during his visit to Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull manufacturing plant in Birmingham, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Ellis/Pool -
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover <TAMO.NS> is to reduce the workforce at its plant in Solihull, central England, by about 500 in a temporary move in the run-up to Christmas, it said on Thursday.

"The external environment remains challenging and the company is taking decisive actions to achieve the necessary operational efficiencies to safeguard long-term success," it added in a statement.

It said it would make changes to the production schedule at the Solihull plant. About 500 of the factory's 1,600-strong workforce could be affected at any one time through a two-week period.

(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Stephen Addison)

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