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JLR confirms it has acquired Fort Dunlop site land

Jaguar Land Rover has exchanged unconditional contracts with Canmoor Developments Limited to acquire approximately 11 acres of land adjacent to its Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant.

_Jaguar Land Rover continues to work in partnership with local authorities and businesses to ensure that our growth plans support the local economy and community. _

– Jaguar Land Rover Spokesperson

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Dunlop Motorsport to 'evaluate possible alternatives'

The land on which Dunlop Motorsport's factory sits at Erdington in Birmingham has been sold to Jaguar Land Rover so it can expand its factory.

180 people work for Dunlop Motorsport making tyres for racing cars and motor bikes.

Dunlop Motorsport today confirmed the landlord has agreed to sell the Fort Dunlop Motorsport site.

"We have confirmation from our landlord that they have agreed to sell the Fort Dunlop Motorsport site in Birmingham to Jaguar Land Rover. Our lease agreement remains valid until the expiry of the current lease contract in May 2014.

“We have a robust contingency plan to ensure continued supply of our motorsport tyres to our key customers . Our first aim is to assess impact and evaluate possible alternatives,” stated Jean-Felix Bazelin, General Manager, Dunlop Motorsport Europe."

"Goodyear Dunlop employ over 800 people in the West Midlands. Around 180 people are employed in manufacturing Motorsport tyres at Fort Dunlop.

"Goodyear Dunlop remains committed to the Motorsport business and currently source Motorsport tyres from several countries including the UK."

– Dunlop Motorsport

MP: 'We must secure the future of Dunlop Motorsport'

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington says he is concerned for the 300 employees at Dunlop Motorsport and is working to explore all options to protect their jobs.

It was announced this morning that Jaguar Land Rover is purchasing the Fort Dunlop Motorsport site.

Jaguar Land Rover says it's bought the 11-acre site for future development of the company

"My prime concern now is for the 300 employees at Dunlop Motorsport, and I will work with both companies to explore all options including the relocation of the Dunlop factory elsewhere in Birmingham if it proves not possible to remain on its current site.

"Fort Dunlop and the remaining Dunlop factories producing motorsport tyres and aircraft tyres is a piece of Birmingham History.

"I welcome the fact that the site will continue to support motor manufacturing in the Midlands, with the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover, a world-class company with a world-class workforce going from strength to strength. The task now is to secure the future of Dunlop Motorsport.”

– Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington
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Breaking: Dunlop jobs at risk after land sale to JLR

The future of 180 people's jobs at a Dunlop tyre factory is in question today.

The land on which Dunlop Motorsport's factory sits at Erdington in Birmingham has been sold to Jaguar Land Rover so it can expand its factory.

180 people work for Dunlop Motorsport making tyres for racing cars and motor bikes.

Dunlop says it's looking at contingency plans for the 180 workers.

Jaguar Land Rover says it's bought the 11-acre site for future development of the company

Unite say "good result for JLR and car industry"

Unite's national officer Roger Maddison said the JLR pay deal is a good result for the workers.

"This is a very good result for JLR in particular and the car industry in general. We can now move forward to reinforce the renaissance in British car production.

"The deal is nothing less than the workforce deserve as they have contributed greatly to the nearly £3 billion profit made by JLR over the last three years."

– Unite National Officer Roger Maddison
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