Jaguar Land Rover is set to stop production at UK factory for nine days.

JLR, based in the Midlands, with factories in Solihull, Castle Bromwich, and Coventry, will shut its Halewood factory, in Merseyside.

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The luxury carmaker has stated the shut down is NOT linked to coronavirus.

JLR will stop production for over a week as part of a “planned non-production period” between March 19 and 27.

It is understood that the Halewood production pause is linked to the launch of new products such as the Range Rover Evoque, and to “ensure market demand is balanced globally”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A full statement from JLR said: “As part of its standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to support its launch planning process and to ensure market demand is balanced globally.”

It was revealed last month Jaguar Land Rover only has enough parts in its UK factories to last the next two weeks because of the impact of the coronavirus on the carmaker’s supply chain.

The firm’s chief executive Sir Ralf Speth reportedly said parts had been flown into the country from China in suitcases.

But he admitted uncertainty over whether the company would have enough parts to maintain production in the UK.

“”We don’t know how long it will take until the supply chain in China comes on stream again. At the moment, we are safe, and we have checked everything for the next two weeks, and we are also safe for the very first week in the production in China, starting next week,” he told Sky News at the National Automotive Innovation Centre on Tuesday.

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