Unipart – a company that boasts it adapted the techniques of operational excellence and continuous improvement from its manufacturing sites into its distribution centres, offices and even its restaurant – has opened a new manufacturing facility in Coventry. It says the new facility is to meet demand for increasing volumes of its automotive fuel systems and is the second new manufacturing facility to be opened by the firm’s manufacturing group in the Coventry area.
Kautex Unipart Ltd (KUL), a joint venture between Unipart and its German partner Kautex Textron Gmbh, currently produces around 640,000 fuel tanks annually for lautomotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Honda.
KUL says that a recent investment in new technology, which offers customers greater levels of emission control, has enabled it to increase production. As a result, it has opened a new 7,500 sq. m. facility called KUL2 to carry out assembly and sequencing operations. Around 45 of KUL’s 300 employees will be moving to new leased premises, which are located nearby to the current site in Canley.
KUL plant general manager Dave Pound said that the expansion at KUL has been driven by growth and it had invested some £6m to integrate new blow mould technology to enable components such as valves and fuel lines to be placed inside fuel tanks more effectively.
Kautex Unipart was among ten projects approved by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) to receive grants from round two of the Growing Places initiative.
Copyright Ken Hurst 2014