While automakers world over, spend millions of bucks in corporate security, the British marquee Jaguar Land Rover have voluntarily opened its factory doors to share knowledge about the manufacturing of aluminium-bodied vehicles with other automakers. And this has made the Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull assembly plant in England a popular destination for manufacturing executives from Audi, Mercedes Benz and Ford.
The rationale behind the aforementioned decision by the British marquee is their opinion that such a sharing of patented procedures will ultimately, save the company money in the long run. Jaguar Land Rover hopes that the industry will adopt standards for raw materials and tools to assemble aluminium vehicles. These standards would eventually, cut production costs significantly.
“Mercedes-Benz was here [four] months ago, and we are going to see their S class on a return visit,” said Mark White, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief technical specialist for aluminium. “They were very impressed with what they saw. And they took a lot of things we do away. Audi was here twice so far, and we are doing some work with them. I am going to see the A8 and I have an open invitation to see the Q7.” White further added.
The Jaguar Land Rover specialist also stated that currently, automakers producing vehicles with aluminium - Audi, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and soon Ford, each use a slightly different manufacturing system that includes, various grades of aluminium and different rivets, glue, robots and measuring systems.