Jaguar Land Rover and the Saudi Arabian Government signed a letter of intent as the automaker plans to build a plant in the country.

The automaker said that Saudi Arabia is a “possible future location for a Jaguar Land Rover automotive facility, ” which will include manufacturing and pressing its own aluminum components necessary to satisfy the car maker’s ever-increasing demand for the lightweight metal. The new factory will also have an aluminum foundry and press shop.

JLR chose Saudi Arabia for its abundance of bauxite, which is used to make aluminum, and cheap energy, the perfect conditions for the pioneering venture. The automaker plans in about two years to produce a new Land Rover model in Saudi Arabia, to boost sales in the region and for export to other markets. The automaker will also ship complete aluminum components to its plants in the UK and around the world.

“The vehicle that could be made there was a never meant to be produced in the UK. This is an opportunity to grow and to protect the UK. We’re doing our best for our employees and the company as a whole,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth.


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