JLR boss Ratan Tata hits out at Government's failure to help
The Indian boss of Jaguar Land Rover has broken his silence to launch an unprecedented attack on the UK Government’s tardy response to appeals for loans to help the West Midland car maker survive the recession and credit squeeze.
In an exclusive interview with the Birmingham Post, Ratan Tata spoke of his frustration and bewilderment at the Government’s failure so far to accede to requests from JLR and other automotive companies to replace missing bank finance with commercial loans or loan guarantees.
Speaking in his office in Mumbai, Mr Tata said the UK Government didn’t seem to understand what it was his company was asking for.
He spoke of his “bewilderment” at the Government’s attitude towards the automotive industry as well as his frustration that aid had so far not materialised.
Mr Tata also responded directly to critics who accuse him of running to the UK government for help rather than use the resources of the Tata empire to keep the luxury car maker going through the recession.
“Since acquisition we’ve either loaned or converted to equity to Jaguar Land Rover $1 billion over and above the acquisition,” he said.
“If the British Government’s view is that we liquidate the rest of Tata to resurrect JLR, I think that’s unrealistic.
“If people say that we bought JLR and it’s up to us to fix it, I say where do we go for the fix? There is no credit available from the banks. It’s simply not there.”