Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is going to start assembling vehicles in China, the BBC can confirm.
“We will need to manufacture at least two models in China,” said chief executive Carl-Peter Forster in an interview.
“We’ll take one to two years to set it up, but first we will need a partner.”
The company said the move into China is not a shift out of the UK, where it is planning to hire an extra 1,000 workers this year.
The new jobs that are being created will be temporary and are linked to the production of a smaller Land Rover model due next year.
“It takes a year or two before the jobs become permanent,” said Mr Forster, who is also chief executive of Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company.
Last year, Jaguar Land Rover’s workforce in the UK was reduced by about 2,500 people to 16,000.