Jobs to go at Stadco Coventry

Jobs to go at Stadco Coventry

28/10/2004 in All News

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A Coventry based automotive manufacturing firm which provides parts for MG Rover, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Bentley, looks set to axe up to 100 jobs.

Stadco is looking to make redundancies at its Holbrook Lane plant following a dip in orders for vehicle body parts.

The company, who took over the operation from the crisis hit Mayflower Vehicle Systems four months ago, is to enter into consultation with trade unions over the job cuts from Monday (November 1).

Stadco says a maximum of 90 posts will be axed, most of them voluntary redundancies.

A spokesman for the firm says: “Due to reductions in volumes at Stadco Coventry, the company will have to conduct a review of the business which will require a head count reduction across all of the manufacturing areas on the site.

A Coventry based automotive manufacturing firm which provides parts for MG Rover, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Bentley, looks set to axe up to 100 jobs.

“We hope most of the redundancies will be done voluntarily.”

The Shrewsbury-based company employs more than 500 workers at its Coventry plant.


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Jaguar has probably held a privileged position among premium brands in the UK in that because it is British, customers may be more prepared to overlook little problems with the cars.

The cars themselves certainly come with a ‘feel-good factor’, well equipped for the money and with stylish exteriors and interiors.

Updates to the XJ and XF range have kept sales treading water while the new car market has improved, while the introduction of the F-Type Roadster in 2013 and the F-Type Coupé this year have certainly grabbed worldwide attention.

Next on the horizon is a BMW 3 Series rival called the XE, which will be crucial to increase Jaguar’s presence in the business car sector, and it will be offered with a new 2.0-litre diesel engine developed in house.

Hi-tech lightweight aluminium construction will put it at the top of the class for low CO2 emissions, and rear-wheel drive will also keep driving enthusiasts happy.

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Several years ago, 4x4s were treated as a menace by some in the national media. Then the recession took hold, which could have spelled disaster for a four-wheel drive specialist, such as Land Rover.

But its foray into front-wheel drive SUVs, first with the Freelander, then with the ultra-successful Range Rover Evoque seem to have attracted new customers to the brand. Dealers, it seems, love it, with very high ratings in the NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey.

In the past 18 months, the two larger Range Rover models have been renewed with new, lighter aluminium vehicles, while Land Rover is seeking to capitalise on the Range Rover’s appeal as a bona fide luxury saloon alternative with a long-wheelbase version.

With registrations approaching 55,000 in 2013, and this year’s total looking likely to reach 60,000, all eyes will be on 2015 as the Discovery family is set to grow, adding a smaller model to replace the Freelander, while we should get our first glimpse of the long-awaited Defender replacement.

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