Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood production facility has begun round-the-clock production to satisfy big demand for the Range Rover Evoque in more than 170 markets worldwide, with nearly 88,000 units sold since launch. 24-hour operation is a first for the Halewood plant in its 50-year history.

The announcement came in March that JLR was recruiting 1,000 new production operators, supervisors and engineers to man three shifts daily, manufacturing the Freelander 2 as well as the Evoque.

“With 4,500 employees, JLR Halewood has trebled its workforce in just three years – and the size of the workforce is now the highest it has been for 20 years,” said JLR Director of HR Des Thurlby, adding that the company received more than 30,000 applications for the new roles.

JLR is the UK’s largest investor in automotive R&D and engineering, and employs nearly 24,000 people.