Magna International Inc. opened a new aluminum diecasting plant in Telford, England, on May 8, to supply automotive structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover, the largest automaker based in the U.K. and long-time customer to Magna. The new plant covers approximately 225,000 square feet, and is expected to employ 300 people in full production.
Magna uses a patented vacuum diecasting process to produce “high stiffness” aluminum parts that maximize strength and minimize weight, which are necessary to improve automotive fuel economy with — for gas and diesel-powered vehicles, and in newer electric and hybrid vehicles.
“With this new aluminum casting facility, we have established a world-class center of excellence to bring the most advanced structural casting technologies to the U.K.,” stated John Farrell, president of Cosma International, an operating unit of the automotive parts supplier.
Magna International Inc. is an Ontario-based corporation that designs and manufactures a range of automotive parts and systems (body and chassis systems, seating, and powertrain systems), with dozens of plants in North America, Europe, and Asia.