High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Y.K.Sinha’s Visit to the Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR)- largest Manufacturing facility in UK at Solihull.
High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Y.K.Sinha, accompanied by the Consul General of India, Birmingham, Dr. Aman Puri visited the JLR factory at Solihull on October 13, 2017. (JLR, Britain’s largest car manufacturer was acquired by Tata Motors in 2008 from the then owners Ford Motor Company). The High Commissioner was received by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Dr. Ralph Speth, CEO of JLR. During his visit to this state of the art manufacturing facility, after witnessing a short audio visual presentation on JLR cars, High Commissioner met with the senior members of the company. Dr. Speth gave a short presentation which traced the company’s progress since 2008. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation towards Tata Motors who believed in JLR, and provided it with the much needed capital infusion at a time when the company was in very difficult financial health. The discussions covered a large arena of subjects including future plans of JLR especially its plans for new model of electric cars. Dr. Ralph Speth also expressed his desire to undertake more activities in India in future, and spoke about the JLR assembly plant at Pune, India. The visit concluded with a guided tour of the plant. The High Commissioner presented a specially engraved memento to Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya for his outstanding contribution to India-UK partnership (Among his several contributions, Lord Bhattacharyya played an instrumental role in the buyout of JLR by Tata Motors in 2008). High Commissioner also presented a token of appreciation to Dr. Ralph Speth for his outstanding leadership of JLR as CEO since February 2010. During this period Dr. Ralph Speth has overseen a remarkable turn-around of the business with increased sales, over 8000 jobs created and new models launched.