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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SCALES UP FACE VISOR PRODUCTION FOR NHS STAFF FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

  • Jaguar Land Rover is scaling up production of NHS-approved face visors
  • New tooling, developed by WHS plastics, could produce as many as 14,000 visors each week
  • The process is being industrialised to create more visors for key workers
  • Jaguar Land Rover urges industry to print more vital equipment, with CAD design available to download at www.jaguarlandrover.com/2020/3d-printed-visors

Tuesday 28th April 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Jaguar Land Rover is scaling up production of its protective face visors in a continued effort to support the fight against Coronavirus. New tooling, developed by WHS Plastics, will produce a further 14,000 visors each week for key workers across the UK.

Earlier this month, the carmaker announced the manufacture of 3D-printed face visors at its Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D-printing facilities in Europe. Visors have been produced and shipped to NHS Trusts across the UK, including the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Now, using injection mould tooling supplied by WHS Plastics of Sutton Coldfield, the operation will produce in excess of 2,000 per day – with one polypropylene headband generated every 30 seconds. 

Following the success of its 3D-printing efforts, Jaguar Land Rover is also releasing its NHS-approved CAD design in the hope that businesses with Additive Manufacturing facilities will join the global call for more Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); the ready-to-print files can be downloaded here.

Ben Wilson, Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing and Prototype Design Manager, said: “We hope that by providing the files for download, many more companies will be inspired to use their 3D-printing facilities to print vital PPE equipment for our keyworkers.

“Every effort, however small it may seem, is a contribution to a collective effort that will ensure our emergency services have what they need to continue their vital work.”

Each face visor has been designed to be reusable and can be easily dismantled and cleaned before being used again, safeguarding NHS trusts against future shortages.

 Paul Nicholson, Group Managing Director for WHS Plastics Ltd, said: “Each and every day, our NHS heroes are risking their lives to ensure that those affected by Coronavirus receive urgent medical attention. In manufacturing, we are uniquely placed to support our essential services, to help deliver critical equipment to those on the frontline here in the Midlands. It’s a small effort, but by working with Jaguar Land Rover we can help turn the tide.”

Jaguar Land Rover continues to work closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.

Jaguar Land Rover’s response to Covid-19

Jaguar Land Rover engineering and community efforts globally:

  • We are also focusing our efforts supporting our local communities by providing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles to organisations such as the British Red Cross and emergency services. To date, Jaguar and Land Rover has deployed more than 308 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis. Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover deploy global fleet to support emergency response partners
  • We have offered our research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science support
  • We are working closely with the UK government to provide our support and expertise in these unprecedented times. We have formally registered in response to the government’s call to action for business support in combating the impact of coronavirus in the UK
  • Personal protective equipment has been donated to NHS trusts including wraparound safety glasses to hospitals across the UK to protect health professional on the frontline
  • Jaguar Land Rover supports thousands of our employees with volunteering as part of our responsible business strategy. Where possible, we are encouraging our employees to get involved with national and local community efforts to support the vulnerable and in need, including the NHS call for volunteer responders in the UK.

In China:

  • Jaguar Land Rover China and Chery JLR were one of the first automotive companies to make a significant donation to the Hubei Charity Federation. The funds were used to procure urgently needed medical and living materials for medical personnel, volunteers and residents in Wuhan and other severely affected regions of Hubei Province. A further donation will go to children whose families are suffering poverty due to Covid-19
  • Jaguar Land Rover China was the first automotive company in China to focus on youth epidemic prevention education. Jaguar Land Rover China and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation [CSCLF] will jointly launch a new programme focusing on the construction of epidemic prevention facilities, youth epidemic prevention education and youth counselling, to further raise the overall awareness of and capabilities in epidemic diseases prevention and control among children and youths in severely affected regions of China

In Slovakia:

  • Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia has donated hundreds of masks and protective clothing to two major hospitals in Nitra – the Special Hospital of St Svorad which has a focus on respiratory diseases and the central Nitra Faculty Hospital

Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) 

  • Worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world.
  • Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programmes in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including coronavirus. The British Red Cross has already given £200,000 to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic

About Jaguar Land Rover

  • Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands. Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
  • At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to deliver class leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2019 Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.
  • We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. We have seven technology hubs. In the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China.
  • We have a growing portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles, as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. All new Jaguar and Land Rover Vehicle models offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice.
  • Based in Dubai, Jaguar Land Rover MENA is responsible for the provision of region-wide support to 18 markets and 44 dealerships, with strategic actions planned to further strengthen the regional dealer network MENA office supports.
  • Engineering Vehicle Testing Centre operates in Dubai, with a dedicated Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy that is the first of its kind in the region.
  • A dedicated Jaguar Land Rover parts distribution centre is open in Jebel Ali Free Zone to service the entire region.

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