£1.7 million-pound investment Jaguar Land Rover to manufacture press tools in-house for the first time
UK — Jaguar Land Rover has started manufacturing its own press tools in-house for the first time following a £ 1.7 million investment at its Halewood plant. The new facility will now produce the tools required to make body panels for future Jaguar Land Rover models globally.
Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover had previously outsourced the production of its press tools. By bringing the manufacturing of press tools in-house, the company wants to drive efficiency and quality, 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. 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.