Car manufacturer Jaguar has announced it is to axe up to 300 jobs at its Halewood plant on Merseyside.
The job losses come as it plans to end production of its X-Type model at the Jaguar Land Rover factory, which employs more than 2,000 workers.
Voluntary redundancies will be followed by a three-week shutdown due to “ongoing weaknesses in the industry”.
David Smith, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said it was “necessary to protect other investment plans”.
He said: “Our industry has been especially badly hit by the recession and the premium sector more than others.
Jaguar Land Rover’s retail sales fell by 28% in the past 10 months.
Source: BBC News