Wishing Our Friends at Jaguar Land Rover Success For The Future
Business Secretary Vince Cable has been throwing his support behind efforts to turn the Black Country in the Britain’s capital for top level manufacturing, visiting two of the region’s manufacturing plants and meeting with the Black Country’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – the movers and shakers of the West Midlands business world. Government funding by way of the Black Country’s Growth Deal has seen a whopping £138 million poured into the region which is intended to spark off £450 million of inward investment, creating 6,000 new jobs and hundreds of training opportunities in the engineering and construction industries. Improvements to Junction 10 of the M6 should open up sites for development and 1,000 new homes are planned for the area.
Mr. Cable was upbeat about future prospects for the West Midlands, saying that “The partnership work of the LEP and the arrival of Jaguar Land Rover’s engine plant in particular has engendered real optimism about the future.” Cable campaigned tirelessly to help bring Jaguar Land Rover’s new £500 million engine factory to Wolverhampton and claims that this has been “one of the single biggest successes of his time in office”.
Here at Safety Fabrications we are also watching developments having had the pleasure of working with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to ensure that they have safe access solutions with the installation of our products on site. We’ve provided step units, walkways, access ladders and fall arrest equipment so that JLR can provide their employees with a safe workplace that complies with government legislation.
Following four years of bumper growth in sales, JLR’s latest vehicle, the fourth generation Range Rover, is being produced by an army of automated machines. Innovative new technology means that each new Range Rover is held together by super strong glue and rivets, rather than welded, which means a much lighter vehicle that is more fuel efficient than its predecessors.
Robotic machinery assembles the vehicles and the engine factory is a constant hive of activity. A second aluminium body shop has been added to JLR’s manufacturing base – this will produce lightweight shells for the Land Rover Discovery range. A third body shop in Solihull is due to start production before the end of this year, concentrating on making aluminium bodies for Jaguars. The 300 acre Solihull site is buzzing with building activity at present, with builders and engineers working hard to ready the facility which will provide the final trim for the vehicle carcasses as they are joined with their engines, gear boxes and drive shafts.
Safety Fabrications has played an important role in ensuring the safety of the JLR manufacturing sites and we are proud to be associated with the revival of the vehicle production industry in the UK. We’re excited to have worked with such long-standing famous names in the car industry and we wish Jaguar Land Rover every success in their future endeavours.