Magna TelfordUK – The company says it will establish a “world-class” operation in Telford to support Jaguar Land Rover, starting construction this autumn. The facility is expected to cover around 225,000 sq.ft, employ 295 people at full capacity and begin production in 2018.

“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,” said John Farrell, president of Cosma International, an operating unit of Magna International. “As lightweighting continues to be a key technology driver, we are uniquely positioned to help automakers achieve optimal weight savings throughout the vehicle architecture.”

The Telford operation will use Magna’s high-pressure vacuum die-casting process to produce the advanced, lightweight aluminium castings which are fundamental to next-generation all-aluminium and mixed-material vehicle architectures. The castings will assist OEMs in maximising strength and stiffness while minimising weight, therefore improving fuel economy, safety and handling.

The manufacturing project was secured with assistance from UK Trade and Investment, the Automotive Investment Organisation and the Regional Growth Fund.