Optimas continues 24-year relationship with JLR

16 Jun 2017

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Optimas Solutions has formalised a continuation of its contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for fastener supply to JLR's Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing facilities.

The announcement comes as JLR continues to invest in its UK manufacturing, having shown strong growth in the domestic and export markets over recent years.

David Harvey, VP automotive for Optimas, commented: “In 1998 we opened a purpose built facility next to the JLR Castle Bromwich plant. We use a private road which is used to deliver parts via electric vehicles every two hours; all day every day.

“The service has continued to grow and we now supply over 1 billion fasteners to thousands of 'points of fit' within the JLR UK manufacturing network - our components are found on every Jaguar and Land Rover in production today.”

Optimas began its relationship with JLR in 1993 as a supplier of fastener solutions for a single production line, going on to provide c-class components and becoming the first full service provider to the company.

Optimas stated its engineers are stationed at JLR's manufacturing sites full time to help specify new fastener components and support the management of the bill of materials (BoM) for new and existing production lines.

Optimas also undertakes performance monitoring and manages the logistical planning for stock management.

Mr Harvey added: “I'm very proud of the work we do for JLR. The entire team is looking forward to supporting our partners at JLR as they create the next generation of exciting vehicles.”

JLR accounts for 30% of all domestic car production in the UK (554,401 cars in 2016).