Unipart has won a three-year contract to operate Jaguar Land Rover’s new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall in Birmingham.
The site, which will be among the largest such facilities in the UK when it opens later this year, will provide electric vehicle batteries for JLR’s Solihull and Castle Bromwich production lines.
More than 100 Unipart employees will be stationed at the Hams Hall facility, providing logistical assistance in line with the VM’s just-in-time production model.
John Neill, CEO of the Oxfordshire-based supply chain specialist, said: “The future of the automotive industry is in electric vehicles, and this contract with Jaguar Land Rover sees Unipart playing a key role at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover’s plans for electrification.
“Unipart is uniquely placed to make a positive influence on the UK automotive industry’s electrification which is set for terrific growth. Hyperbat, our joint venture with Williams Advanced Engineering, is at the forefront of manufacturing batteries for high-performance electric vehicles.
“Our lean practitioners are already working with automotive manufacturers looking to bring electric vehicle production into their supply chain successfully, and we can continue to bring added value through our expertise in both in-production and aftermarket logistics.”
Unipart has already worked with JLR, producing bumpers for all non-current models to allow the VM to clear a significant production backlog.