Supported by UK Trade & Investment and the Automotive Investment Organisation, Canadian-owned Magna International is opening a new aluminium casting facility in Telford, Shropshire which will supply Jaguar Land Rover. At 225,000 square feet, the new factory will employ 295 staff when it begins operation in 2018.
Operating as Cosma International, one of Magna’s subsidiaries, the company’s groundbreaking high-pressure vacuum die casting process will be employed to produce advanced lightweight aluminium castings for use in Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicles.
John Farrell, President of Cosma Interational, explained: “We are excited to work closely with Jaguar Land Rover in the development of this project, which will bring the most advanced structural casting technologies to the UK. As weight reduction continues to be a key technology driver, we are uniquely positioned to help automakers achieve optimal weight savings throughout the vehicle architecture”.
The factory will be built on Telford’s T54 industrial estate, just 12 miles from the JLR complex on the West Midlands/Staffordshire border near Wolverhampton. Construction will commence in autumn 2016, with production expected to start in 2018.