COVENTRY, UK - Jaguar will open its first supplier park when X400 production starts.
Suppliers will be asked to invest in facilities next to the Halewood plant, which is 190km from Jaguar's Browns Lane plant. Halewood will switch from building the current Escort range to the small Jaguar sedan in 2001.
'We'd like up to 15 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to help us make significant cuts in lead times,' said Mike Beasley, director of manufacturing operations. Suppliers would be involved in Jaguar design, engineering and manufacturing teams.