( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONDON, Feb 20 (FAM) – The UK’s biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has resorted to flying components out of China in suitcases as part of emergency logistics contingency plans as it races to prevent its UK plants from closing by the end of this month, according to a report in The Financial Times (FT).

At an event to unveil the company’s autonomous electric car, Project Vector, chief executive Sir Ralf Speth said that the company’s British plants were “safe for this week” and the week after, but faced difficulties sourcing parts from China in the following weeks, which represented “a risk for overall production”.