Magna has opened an aluminium casting facility in Telford, England, which will supply structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The new facility is approximately 225,000 square feet and is expected to employ 300 people. Magna management was joined by Jaguar Land Rover executives and members of local government to celebrate the grand opening of the facility.
The new facility will use Magna’s patented vacuum die-casting process. The advanced lightweight aluminium castings help maximize strength and stiffness and minimize weight, which improves fuel economy, safety and handling. As electrified and hybrid powertrains become more common in the automotive industry, high-pressure aluminium castings can be a key factor in reducing overall vehicle weight.
“With this new aluminium casting facility, we have established a world-class center of excellence to bring the most advanced structural casting technologies to the U.K.,” said John Farrell, president of Cosma International.
Ben Goater, general manager of Cosma Castings U.K. said: “The manufacture of aluminium castings is an important building block for the next generation of all-aluminium and multi-material vehicle architectures.”