March 20, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover invests £45-million in new press line at Halewood Operations

Jaguar Land Rover has invested £45-m in a new state-of-the-art servo press line at its Halewood Operations, near Liverpool, England.

The new Servo stamping line, the first-of-its-kind to be built in the UK, is 13 m tall and over 85 m long. It has a combined press
stamping capacity of 7,900-tonnes, making it the fastest and one of the biggest and most powerful press lines across Jaguar Land Rover, stamping both steel and aluminium panels.

Installing this giant facility required a major reconfiguration of the Halewood press shop, with the plant roof raised by almost 12 m to accommodate the new machinery. The press shop bay also had to have its footprint extended by almost 50 per cent, compared to the previous stamping machine.

"This colossal new press line reinforces Jaguar Land Rover's long-term investment in UK manufacturing. Halewood is one of the most flexible, advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in Europe, producing two of the highest quality, largest selling Jaguar Land Rover vehicles to over 170 countries world-wide. This investment ensures we can make more panels, even more efficiently and will continue to do so for many years to come," said Richard Else, Jaguar Land Rover, Operations Director - Halewood.

At the end of March, Aida, the premier global manufacturer of metal stamping presses, will complete the finishing-touches to the installation. Trial pressings will commence in April and the facility will begin stamping panels for use across Jaguar Land Rover from the Summer. By Autumn the facility will be up to full speed making up to 20 strikes per minute.


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