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Old 31st August 2012, 22:56   #1
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Default Jaguar Land Rover looking at assembly plant in Saudi Arabia

Took me by surprise. True, having lived in Riyadh, there is no other country that's so much car dependent as KSA, including U.S. But an automotive plant here is not even heard of. Everything is imported, and then here comes Jaguar to take advantage of a new aluminum plant.
Guess what, the workforce will no doubt be Indians, Pakis and Bangladeshis, with some Saudis employed for namesake.
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JLR inks the Saudi deal!

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it is all set to expand into Saudi Arabia by buying aluminium from what is being described as one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters. After signing a letter of intent with the National Industrial Clusters Development Program in Saudi Arabia, the carmaker is expected to produce body panels for future models, and other components, at an all-new, state-of-the-art pressing plant that is being built in the kingdom.

There’s no news on which new model will be built in Saudi, but JLR sources have hinted that it could be based on the new Range Rover platform.

Source: Autocar
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Aluminum production from Bauxite ore is extremely energy intensive. Power costs constitute anywhere between 30 to 40% of total Aluminum production costs.

Now Saudi Arabia has two things going for it - abundant Bauxite availability and ultra-low power costs. Saudi Arabia produces electricity by burning crude oil (unlike other countries that use Coal or Natural Gas), whose production costs are just $10 to $15 per barrel.
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