Jaguar Land Rover invested £45m into new servo press line in Halewood

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 24, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover has made a £45-million investment into a new state-of-the-art servo press line at its Halewood Operations near Liverpool, England. The new Servo stamping line -- 13 meters tall and over 85 meters long – features a combined press stamping capacity of 7,900 tons, making it one of the biggest and most powerful press lines across Jaguar Land Rover.

It could stamp both steel and aluminum panels. The installation of the stamping line required a major overhaul of the Halewood press shop, with the plant roof needing to be raised by nearly 12 meters to accommodate the new machinery. Jaguar Land Rover also had to extend the footprint of the press shop bay extended by almost 50%.

“This colossal new press line reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s long term investment in UK manufacturing,” said Richard Else, Jaguar Land Rover, Operations Director at Halewood. “This investment ensures we can make more panels, even more efficiently and will continue to do so for many years to come.” Aida, the premier global maker of metal stamping presses, will complete the finishing-touches to the installation by end of the month.

Trial pressings will start in April and the facility will commence stamping panels for use across Jaguar Land Rover beginning summer. By autumn, the facility will be running at full speed up to 20 strikes per minute. This servo press is the first of its type to be used by Jaguar Land Rover.

It can handle higher tonnages in addition to working at higher speeds compared to existing Halewood presses, allowing the plant to increase the volume of stamped parts for use. The new servo line also uses less power and integrates an energy recovery system that recovers energy from the draw action and converts it back into electricity. [source: Jaguar Land Rover]

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