Also on the shopping list of JLR's purchasing staff will be ABB Robotics (see photograph above of XE production) which can expect a multi-hundred order for robots for the BIW shop, and by 2018 plans ought to be well in place to double capacity at the Wolverhampton, UK Engne Manufacturing Centre (EMC) where machine tool supplier MAG will be prominent. The extension of the site will a further example of the 'cut and paste' arrangement of Phase 1.
By 2018, aluminium-intensive three-cylinder 1.5-litre derivative of 'Hotfire' should be well on the road and, with a planned capacity of 300,000 cars a year, the Slovakian facility ought to be able to justify its own MEC to simplify logisitcs and minimise transportation costs, etc, etc across the English Channel. JLR has also pencilled in I6 versions of 'Hotfire'. Lots of scope for further 'cut and paste' activities. And, wth new volume business to meet, ZF ought to be another well-pleased vendor which may have to make its own expansion plans to keep pace.
Others likely to benefit include: Autoliv, Benteler International, Bosch, Brembo Poland, Continental Automotive Systems, Denso Manufacturing, Horiba Automotive, Leoni Wiring Systems, Maxion Wheels Italia and Trelleborg Forsheda.
The net result is that any company not on JLR's vendor list will be crying in its beer!