JLR plans Irish tech centre

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has laid out plans to open its first European research and development base in Ireland.

The vehicle manufacturer is set to recruit 150 engineers for a new team to work on software for autonomous and electrified cars. The move comes on top of JLR’s announcement early in 2017 that it needed to hire 5,000 engineers and technical staff.

The company said it had selected Shannon, in western Ireland, for the new centre because it is seen as an international hub for software engineering. Microchip maker, Intel has been based there since 2000.

Nick Rogers, JLR’s chief engineer, said, ‘The heart of our business will always be in the UK. The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK.’