Wednesday, 22 June 2016
JLR to be self-sufficient in engines by 2020
The winner of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award will be announced tomorrow.
JaguarLandRover (JLR) submitted its Ingenium engines for the Award. JLR launched its first diesel in January 2015 and the company says the gasoline version “is due for launch later this year”.
JLR adds that it has “developed an entire suite of world-leading Ingenium engines” and adds that the company aims “to be completely self-sufficient in the design and manufacture of all engines by 2020”.
This implies that by 2020 JLR will no longer be taking delivery of vee diesel engines from Ford Motor Company. At present, JLR’s vee diesels use compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder blocks supplied by Tupy SA in Brazil.
In its MacRobert Award submission, JLR also notes that every employee in its green-field Engine Manufacturing Centre outside Wolverhampton undergoes a two-week “Powertrain Way” training programme which has “successfully introduced bus drivers, bricklayers and beauticians to new careers in engineering”.
The facility employs 1,000 people but supports 5,500 in the supply chain, claims JLR.