China's automobile sales have been falling in recent months,
with a slowing economy and trade frictions making consumers
cautious about spending.
"As part of the company's continued strategy for profitable
growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational
efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand
globally as required," a spokesman said in a statement.
The U.K. plant will close for two weeks beginning Oct. 22. The Unite
Union said no jobs would be lost as hours would be banked.
Jaguar Land Rover, which built nearly one in three of
Britain's 1.67 million light vehicles in 2017, said last month that
another of its factories, in Castle Bromwich, will shift to a
three-day work week starting in October until the beginning of December.
About 45 percent of the automaker's sales are diesel models,
which have been hit by tighter emissions rules and higher taxes in some
countries as governments move to cut air pollution.
It has also warned about the impact of any Brexit-related
loss of free and unfettered trade with the European Union.