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DHL renews JLR logistics contract ahead of potential Brexit disruption

DHL and Jaguar Land Rover extend long-term partnership

DHL Supply Chain has renewed its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) contract, extending its ten-year partnership with the UK-based premium car manufacturer.

DHL will support Jaguar Land Rover in its efforts to adapt its operations as it embarks on the manufacture of the next generation of its SVO customised cars and electric vehicles (EV).

The renewed partnership comes at a tough time for the management of parts for JLR's manufacturting facilities, with the prospect of severe disruption caused by Brexit, as the OEM's chief executive, Ralph Speth, explained at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019.

Ian Harnett, executive director, human resources and global purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’re transforming our UK plants with a specialised supply chain solution and DHL is a key partner in this process.

“Over the last ten years they have proven that they can support our business as it evolves.”

The two companies will aim to establish operational improvements and improve its digitalisation of the business, with an aim of both long-term growth and reducing costs part of the joint five-year plan.

Mike Bristow, managing director, manufacturing logistics, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said: “Over the past decade our close working relationship with Jaguar Land Rover has enabled us to pursue new ways of working to drive a significant step change in performance.

“As part of this contract extension we now have a fully mapped transformation and investment plan to ensure Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain is fit for the future.”

Jaguar Land Rover recently promoted its European sales director, Andrew Jago, to become the general manager for fleet and business at JLR UK.

A key focus for Jago, JLR and DHL, will be to establish its plans to build electrified cars in the UK.

Jago said: “We are committed to offering electrified variants across the JLR range."

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