Jaguar Land Rover has started manufacturing its own press tools in-house for the first time following a £1.7m investment at its Halewood plant.
The company had previously outsourced the production of its press tools to Asia, so this will allow it to drive efficiency and quality here in the UK, as well as give employees the opportunity to learn new skills, to build and operate these tools.
The investment involves the installation of a new Press Die Manufacturing Centre – the first of its kind in Jaguar Land Rover, with a state-of-the-art five-axis milling machine, which manufactures press tools – known as blanking dies – from raw castings. The blanking dies are the first stage in the manufacture of car body panels, during new vehicle production.
HANNAH COCKLIN, TOOL ROOM APPRENTICE said:
Progress is well under way at the new centre with the factory producing pressed parts for future Jaguar and Land Rover models, across its sites globally.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood facilities will also be upgraded to enable the production of fully electric vehicles, as part of its new global Reimagine strategy, as the company drives forward with the electrification of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.
NIALL FORD, STAMPING AND PRESS PARTS GROUP MANAGER added:
About Jaguar Land Rover: Halewood Operations
Knowsley is home to Jaguar Land Rover Halewood. Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest car manufacturers, and its Merseyside operation sits on a 300-acre site. The factory employs 3,700 people directly, supporting a further 1,000 people indirectly through its suppliers and contractors.
Jaguar Land Rover Halewood produces the award-winning Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which includes plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid models.
Production and the workforce at Halewood have effectively trebled since 2011, when the Range Rover Evoque was launched. More than £750m has been invested in infrastructure at Halewood in recent years, including: £250m for its Range Rover Evoque, the fastest-selling Land Rover model of all time and £200m for the Discovery Sport.
During this time, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood has also gained two £60m state-of-the-art servo press lines, more than 300 new robots and over an acre of new building space, car parks and employee facilities.